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10 Before 30 Plan: Issue Number 2


I had a crazy dream the other night that my teeth were falling out. It was so distressing to have such a vivid memory of the feelings happening as my teeth started to get looser until finally they ended up in the palm of my hand. Stress. Anxiety. You name it, I felt it. It was only a dream, but those feelings stuck with me long after I woke up.

world moneySo, I tweeted about it – like I do plenty of mundane bits of my life – and received quite a few dream interpretations about tooth fall. Some of the responses included death, dealing with major life changes, and my favorite – a sign I am about to come into money.

Ah, money. If only that were true, then my entire plan to travel the world would not have an issue involving this topic. Yes, money is another reason why my 10 before 30 plan may not happen as I hope.

Forget issue number one; forget turning 30; the fact here is that none of this can ever happen without the almighty greenback.

My money situation is a bit bleak right now, and it is a mix of credit card debt (thank you Oz visa and recent slew of holidays), living in the most expensive city in Australia and not actually having work rights until my partner visa comes through.

While I make enough money from my online work to live, I don’t make enough to count for any extras, like going to the dentist (which I have made an appointment for after having that awful dream). In Sydney, you can easily spend $200 or more just for a simple check-up and cleaning (mine is set for $250), which is just crazy compared to my place back in the US. Little things like this always creep up and have the ability to wipe out the gains. This is where that ability to get a part-time job in Australia would really help out, but I have a feeling it will be a few more months before our visa is all decided.

Until then, I am forced to accept delayed gratification (as mentioned on Don’t Ever Look Back’s blog), and accept support from Pat where needed, as much as I hate the idea of both of those. Bummer.

Still, I’m planning to travel the world. Almost seems a bit laughable, as I’m sure it would be to most, but I have a plan and a goal. It’s just going to take a bit of channeling “old Brooke”, the one that was able to sock away $23k in 1.5 years with a dream of hitting the road. With a little help from her, I’m sure I can make it happen.


Here’s the plan:

  • Pay off current credit card debt. I have a few things I’m working on right now that should bring me a bit more money. I hope to have my credit cards paid off before the end of March 2011.
  • Save and pay for US trip in JUNE! We’ll be taking a 3 week holiday to visit my part of the world, so I’ll probably be paying for this for a few months.
  • Take a couple of Australia trips. Well, there has to be some Oz travel thrown into the mix or else I can’t really keep blogging on WhyGo Australia. Plus, I want to see more of Oz since this country is pretty amazing. It’s safe to factor in the rest of the year’s gains to pay for these, unless I happen to score some more press trips (I’m supposed to be heading up to the Gold Coast soon with the lovely Craig and Caz of yTravel Blog in fact as part of one).


Where does that leave me?

Probably not with any 10 before 30 plan savings by the end of 2011. The lucky part of this venture is that a certain amount of my income and work comes from the online arena, meaning that if I plan right and play it smart, my savings goal for extended travel can actually be less assuming I am able to continue the momentum on the road. I am not yet at a stage when I can give a set money goal; I’d like to see where the coming months take me first.

As always, keep checking back as I mull over the progression of thoughts and ideas that will hopefully lead to reaching the countries on my list! You can subscribe to my RSS feed to receive updates automatically.


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17 Responses to 10 Before 30 Plan: Issue Number 2

  1. Jill - Jack and Jill Travel The World November 29, 2010 at 1:58 am #

    Good luck with your saving goal and paying off debt. I think it’s great that you live in OZ, the domestic travel possibility seems endless so you should be able to scratch that traveling itch while saving up for the big one.

  2. Alouise November 29, 2010 at 5:06 am #

    I can relate to money woes, as I’m sure many other travelers can. I’m going to have to cutback traveling due to school and money, I didn’t to travel a lot before. Delayed gratification can suck, but it’ll be worth it if you keep the big picture in your head. My advice, pay with cash. There’s something about physically seeing money leave your wallet that can curb the desire to buy things you don’t need. If I have my bankcard with me I’m much more likely to buy junk I don’t really want, and it doesn’t feel like I’m losing anything (until my bank statement comes at the end of the month).

    • Brooke December 5, 2010 at 9:45 am #

      Solid advice 🙂

  3. Chris November 29, 2010 at 11:02 am #

    I’ve never heard any of those interpretations on the teeth falling out dream. I’ve had it a few times myself and have always been told (by various folk) that it’s about worrying over some aspect of your physical appearance.

  4. Zablon Mukuba December 1, 2010 at 2:25 am #

    i hope you get to meet your goals. you have an interesting bucket list quite short but interesting

    • Brooke December 5, 2010 at 9:46 am #

      I wouldn’t really call it a bucket list since it is really just a short-term goal. A bucket list would be a list of all the things I want to do before I die, right? That list is much, much longer 😉

  5. joshywashington December 4, 2010 at 7:32 am #

    Good luck on your plotting and scheming for more world travel! I am cheering for ya!

    • Brooke December 5, 2010 at 9:47 am #

      Thank you! Somehow all this stuff will fall into place 😉

  6. Bethany December 6, 2010 at 6:43 am #

    If anyone can do it Brooke – you can! I have an idea about the dentist too – any dental schools you can go to around there? I did that once when I was super broke and it was fine. Really great actually, didn’t cost anything and the dental teacher came around and checked everything after the student was done. I’ve done this with hair cuts too and honestly it takes longer but the results are always great because the students take their time. Just a thought since $250 is high – yikes!

    Things are gonna work out. I am going to think if I can come up with anything online to help you out.

    • Brooke December 6, 2010 at 7:41 am #

      Already went to dentist – spent $250 for the checkup, now I have to go back and get two small cavities filled = $300 more. 🙁 But, it needs to be done.

  7. Michael Hodson December 6, 2010 at 7:27 am #

    I love posts like this — informative and interesting. Good for you for laying out your plans and ideas, so that others can read about them.

    • Brooke December 6, 2010 at 7:43 am #

      I kind of want to prove that anything is possible if you put your mind to it. Everyone seems so jealous of the travel I’ve done, but they need to SEE that they can make a plan for themselves 😉

  8. Jenneil December 6, 2010 at 2:55 pm #

    Teeth falling out, teeth crumbling, teeth shattering into slivers is my recurring nightmare. I have easily had 20+ dreams in this category in the past 10 years.

    It sounds silly, but it is one of the most realistic dreams I have ever had and is very frightening.

    From everything I have read, it means… you worry about what you say or how you are perceived by others.

    Since I am pretty blunt and forthright, this interpretation of the dream always made sense to me. I call it like it is… and it often gets me into trouble…

  9. ayngelina December 7, 2010 at 12:13 pm #

    I used to have those dreams all the time, believe it means you feel like things are out of control. It’s definitely stress related.

    Don’t worry about hitting the big 30 milestone. I started my current, and second, big trip at 32 and I was able to do it properly – debt free, significant savings + resettlement fun for when I return. I’m much better off having waited a couple years.

  10. Rachael February 3, 2011 at 7:22 pm #

    Wow, I have dreams of my teeth following out (or something along those lines) at least once a month. (Though it’s become even more fitting/makes sense because I had a terrible dentist growing up who actually caused me to have to get two root canals before the age of 21. One of which was done in a ghetto hospital in Thailand where they didn’t really speak English. Yep. Traumatic.)

    • Brooke February 3, 2011 at 8:24 pm #

      Ugh that’s horrible! I had really bad teeth as a kid – just in my genes, so it is something I worry about.


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