Travel Goals for 2014
As of January 1st, 2014, we can officially say we are leaving next year for a life of slow travel. NEXT YEAR! With so much to complete by the time we leave on March 1st, 2015, we decided it was time to sit down and come up with AfterGlobe’s travel goals for 2014. We looked at our time frame, what needed to be completed during that time, and what we would need to do to complete everything. We also looked at what kind of travel would be realistic for us to partake in while paying off our debt and completing all of our other goals to leave next year.
Pay Off Our Debt
The whole reason we originally started AfterGlobe was to hold ourselves accountable to pay off our debt and maybe help others do the same. We have been working hard to get all of our debt paid off and are on track to have it paid off before we leave for our new life of slow travel. As of this date, we have paid off 7 debts and have 10 more debts to go. How is this a travel related goal? We can’t give up the lives we have now to travel if we don’t have our debt paid off first. At least we can’t if we don’t want no longer paying our bills to have a very negative impact on our credit history and possibly lead to legal issues.
Sell Our House
We kept going back and forth on if we should sell our house or not. In the end, we decided to sell it because we don’t want to come back to Portland. We want to live in the sun and don’t see the point in holding on to a house somewhere that we don’t want to be. We also don’t want the stress of renting out a house when we are on the other side of the world. We will have a special account on the side for us to buy something else smaller in a warmer climate at a later date. In 2014, we will be finishing up a few house projects to get our house, Knotty Cakes Ranch, ready to sell. At the end of the year, it will be placed on the market to sell in time for our departure date.
Sell Our Belongings
This is a big one and we’ve already been working on it. We’ve been listing our belongings on-line through Craigslist, eBay, and Facebook. We’ve held garage sales, and are planning shopping parties. We will continue with all of this until we have sold everything, except for what we will be taking with us and the small amount of items that will be going into storage with my mom.
Convert our SUV into Living Quarters
We will start off our life of slow travel with the Great American Road Trip. During that time we will be visiting as many states as we can while living out of our vehicle. Drew will be building us a bed with storage space under it and we will be putting together a portable kitchen that will all fit in our SUV.
Complete Our Pacific Northwest Bucket List
Earlier this year, we made a list of all the places we wanted to visit in the Pacific Northwest before we left. Places that we surprisingly have never been to before and wouldn’t want to leave without getting the chance to see them first. In no particular order-
- Oregon Caves and Oregon Vortex
- Bagby Hot Springs, OR
- Crater Lake, OR
- Summit McKenzie Pass, OR
- Olympic National Park, WA
- Walla Walla Wine Region, WA
- Vernonia, OR
- Long Beach, WA
- Lake Chelan, WA
- Rainbow Falls, WA
- See Multnomah Falls frozen
- 4T Trail in Portland, OR
- San Juan Islands, WA
- Widbey Island, WA
Find the Right Travel Gear
We have barely even started looking at travel gear. The most we have looked at is the Travel Gift Guide we put together. We need to figure out what we really need for our travels and what will be necessary to travel with comfortably and minimally. There’s a lot of gear out there and it could be easy to buy too much. We want to make sure we are as efficient as possible when it comes to our gear purchases.
Set Up Our First Volunteer Host in Hawaii
After our Great American Road Trip, we will be heading to Hawaii to volunteer our way through the Hawaiian Islands for about 10 months. We will be doing this by staying at different farms, learning about organic gardening, and helping to work the land in exchange for room and board. We need to go through all of the available farms, contact them, and figure out which ones would be the best fit for us. Once we have that figured out, we can arrange for our first Hawaiian host. We have a lot on our plates to make all of our travel goals for 2014 happen. We are committed and confident that we will be able to reach these goals and be that much closer to a new life of slow travel. Just imagine, once we meet these goals we will only have a couple more months until we leave. Time is going to fly!
Happy New Year from AfterGlobe!
What kind of travel goals will you be making for 2014?
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