It’s surprising how quickly things can accumulate—books, pairs of socks, scraps of paper with notes scrawled on them. Even e-mails pile up unrelentingly. The bloggers below describe how it feels to shed all the excess stuff, and take off indefinitely.
Christine Gilbert of the Almost Fearless blog quit her corporate job and embarked on a long-term trip with her husband and two dogs. She writes, “the act of physically moving these things out onto the sidewalk, setting prices and then watching as strangers walked away with even the most personal of our possessions, was a strange kind of relief.” Gilbert proceeds to detail the “10 unexpected costs of owning things.”
Almost Fearless also has advice for launching your long-term expedition without necessarily selling everything.
Permanent travel sounds impossible, but for Lea Woodward it’s reality. She explains her rules for maintaining a “stuff-free” traveling life on Vagablogging. She also links to online resources to help you become less wasteful.
On Nomadic Matt’s Travel Site, Matt outlines Part 1 of traveling the world: Pre-trip planning, including “selling your stuff.” He suggests a garage sale, or using Web sites such as Craigslist and Gumtree to sell your possessions, and provides insights. “You don’t want to be in Nepal and thinking “I hope my TV is ok,” Matt writes.
Author John Freyer determined where he would travel by selling his possessions on eBay to people across the United States and around the world. Freyer visited everyone who bought something of his, and then documented the experience in his book “All My Life For Sale.”
The findingDulcinea Web Guide to Long Term Travel Abroad links to programs that help you craft a new life abroad, including job resources, information on volunteering and interning abroad, tips for teaching English in a foreign country, and safety advice.
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