T-Minus One Month to Departure

I just finished up my last week of work and am now officially unemployed. A scary thought, but the more I think about it, the more excited I am. It’s only slightly terrifying to not have an income but what’s life if you don’t live on the edge sometimes? It was bittersweet saying goodbye to some amazing coworkers and friends. I will miss them a lot but I managed to collect their home addresses to send postcards!

As of today, I’ve also started the process of moving out of my beloved apartment and moving back home. But to be fair, it’s so great to be home for the holidays to have some time to do my shopping and get into the spirit by watching Elf and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation a million times. We picked out a Christmas tree today too! I would highly recommend this whole quitting your job thing… I’ve never felt so stress-free! 😛

The more people I speak to about my travel plans, the more I hear about friends and family members of those people who have gone on long-term solo adventures just like me, and it’s such a relief to hear. As much as I feel confident in my ability to navigate Southeast Asia on my own, I sometimes feel influenced by my family’s fear and worrying. I know they just want the best for me and don’t want anything bad to happen, but it is sometimes difficult to maintain my confidence while having to continually assure everyone that I will be just fine. Hearing from people I speak to about my travel plans tell me about other young women going on solo adventures reminds me that it is not only possible, but it’s something that I really want to do! And I know I won’t regret it.

I still have so much to do in the next month – but luckily, travel planning is my favorite activity! I just received my new Olympus OM-D in the mail and couldn’t be happier with my purchase! I can’t wait to practice shooting with my first big girl camera in the next month!

Isn’t it pretty!?

My current to-do list:
– Book accommodations in Rome and Bangkok
– Research and purchase travel insurance
– Acquire a backpack and other travel accessories
– Get in shape (yikes)
– Figure out what ON EARTH to pack

This is definitely going to be an exciting month spent with friends and family. Looking forward to some funemployment!


  1. Brian
    January 6, 2016 / 8:06 PM

    As someone who has been recently unemployed, this has a strangely liberating feeling. Of course, if we were essentially living paycheck to paycheck with exactly $0 in savings, it was more likely be terrifying, but we’ve already been through that. I’m going to be following your trip and your “what’s next” closely as I work my way through my own career change.

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