Today marks our 6 week countdown until my wife and I set off on our South American adventure. In 38 days it will be my last day of work. In two days I will celebrate my 27th birthday. In 1 day it will be the deadline for our references to be completed on our Peace Corps recommendation forms. Holy crap!
In October of 2009 I started following people on twitter to talk about travel, and decided to create my own wordpress blog. I wrote my first post on November 23rd 2009, titled A Drinking Guide to Rio de Janeiro, 270+ posts, 6,000+ tweets, and three years later I’m finally doing it. A lot has happened since then, I met a beautiful woman, got engaged, and then married on St. Patty’s Day. As of recent, I helped create her Facebook and Twitter profiles so that she can start contributing to this blog of ours. I even earned my Master of Arts in Teacher Ed. specializing in TESOL. A lot has happened, but I think that the initial intent of this blog has stayed true. Its purpose was to keep me inspired to travel. While I’ve had a few adventures to Japan and Peru, they were really short term trips rather than a true backpacking adventure, I’m still not sure if I can call myself a traveler yet. It seems like only a few days ago we hit our 100 day countdown, but all of that is about to change.
A part of me feels the tinge of fear…is this the right decision? My boss and I, while discussing the search for my replacement, mentioned that she is planning to retire in 2-3 years and that I would have been ready and able to step up to her position. Before I turn 30, I could have been the Director of a program at a university, that’s huge. We could have started planning out our future, with the money we saved we could have looked at purchasing a home, or at the least, paid off our college loan debt.
I know that we wouldn’t be happy staying here, but still the very thought of it has to at least be acknowledged. So where do we go from here?
I am adding things and checking them off our to do list. I still need to review all the places I added to our list of would be destinations, back when we were at our 7 month countdown. I went through my phone and added the name, number, email and address of all our important contacts. We are closing banking accounts, getting rid of belonging, and other little tid-bits in order to prepare us for our adventure. Based on our original plans, we would have already set off for our RTW adventure, if it wasn’t for the little hiccup with our graduate classes. However, we are here now and I’m excited but….at the same time….I’m caught in a lull.
We are so close to our adventure, that it is hard for me to stay focused and motivated at work. On the other hand there is a lot for me to do if I want to really prepare my job for a brand new person stepping in. I love my job, so I don’t want to leave the people and students that I work with in disarray. Aiko on the other hand is getting ready to take a week off. When she returns to work, she will then give them her two week notice. As many times as our countdown timer scares the crap out of me because we have so little time left it, at the same time, seems so far away.
The good news is, I got my Brazilian visa and my wife got her Peruvian ID renewed so we are both legal to enter Brazil. Waiting for the next chapter of your life to start is hard when you peaked ahead a few pages and already know what is coming up next.