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.
So, 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.