Long Term Travel, and so it begins…

THE HOUSE IS SOLD! First steps to Long Term Travel

selling everything for long term travelSo we sold the house, our security blanket, money in bricks and mortar, our first step in becoming property magnates. Except, it was none of those things. We strove for an ideal that was not ours, and it left us wanting. However it also showed us what we don’t want out of life. We don’t want to spend our lives accumulating things, we don’t want what other people want, just because other people want it, we want to start our long term travel dreams.

So what may have seemed like a mistake, has become a valuable life lesson. And now we can try and find what we want out of life, I’m sure we will make plenty more mistakes along the way, but that’s life, and the more mistakes we make, the fewer there will be left to fall into.

For me the selling of the house has been the real “this is it” moment, until now the dream and the desire have been there, but without a definitive time, it’s seemed like one of those “one day soon” things. That all changed with the “he signed” call. It was suddenly more real, and I couldn’t be happier, I have no doubts as to whether this was right or not, this is the only way it could be.

PREPARATIONS FOR LONG TERM TRAVEL

We (Sarah and I), have our optimistically small (40l) backpacks sitting in a corner waiting for their first outing, and a fair few travel necessities filling said backpacks. Next step? Organizing the demise of all the inane little bits of lifestyle we have set up for ourselves over the last few years.

Car rego, insurances, phone contracts, internet contracts, contract contracts, tax department, mail redirection, selling the cars, selling my baby (the computer I’m currently sitting at, not an actual baby, yet just as precious), and so the list goes on and on.

And what to do with all the keepsakes and trinkets which have thus far validated my existence? Reminding me I had a life and a past, friends and family, holidays and birthdays? The things I just had to keep, even if only at the bottom of a pile in the shed, they definitely aren’t going to fit in the backpack.

I could always palm them off to family or friends to store for me, but that goes against my entire reason for traveling. In the spirit of cutting ties with the life we had, they will have to be culled, which so far has been surprisingly easy,and more than that, rewarding. Each item I let go of strengthens my belief in what we are doing, cutting ties with an underwhelming existence and opening ourselves up to endless possibilities.

THINGS

When I think of the things we have accumulated, I realize that they are an attempt to fill a gap, and an unsuccessful attempt at that. Our possessions read like a checklist for mediocrity. Big screen telly…check, laptops and computers…check, nick nacks from our one holiday a year…check, non-stick pans and a samurai sharp knife set…check.

For some people this may be enough, more than that it may be exactly what they want from life, and that’s fine, it just isn’t for me. Who knows, 5 or 10 years from now it may be exactly what I want, but it isn’t now, and I feel it would be foolish not to search for what I want out of life right now, there is a world of opportunities out there waiting to be discovered, dreams of long term travel to be fulfilled, why would I not look for them?

So almost everything that I have collected over my 30 years will go, and I will be free, the things I own will no longer own me, my life will fit into a 40l container, my memories past, present and future will be stored on the information super highway, and when I feel the need for change, I will put my worldly possessions on my back… and change.

8 Comments
  • Sarahsomewhere
    Posted at 11:34h, 02 January Reply

    Congratulations on your first blog post babe! Here’s to new beginnings of all different kinds… X

  • Hannah
    Posted at 13:39h, 02 January Reply

    Hi Tyrhone, congratulations on your first blog post – what a great start! I have loved reading Sarah’s blog and am so exited for you guys to begin living the life of your dreams. I will be following along, cheering for you both πŸ™‚

  • Cath
    Posted at 22:51h, 02 January Reply

    Good blogging Tyrhone! πŸ™‚ Very excited for yours and Sarah’s adventure! When you next speak to your brother, try to convince him of the therapeutic nature of culling πŸ™‚

  • Tyrhone
    Posted at 04:39h, 03 January Reply

    Thanks all, it’s a strange feeling talking about your thoughts to an audience. Like standing on a soapbox in Hyde park, just with less people.

    Hey Hanna, Sarah has shown me your blog and it makes great reading, thanks for the entertainment.

    Cath, Brendan has always loved his toys, my only concern is his love of apple related products (I’m a PC guy of course)!

  • Brendan
    Posted at 06:49h, 03 January Reply

    You’re not a PC guy for much longer intrepid wanderer. Specially not if you’re selling your toys. πŸ˜‰

    Ahem…cough cough”Reminding me I had a life and a past, friends and family”….pretty sure you still have family, last time I checked we were still on this mortal coil.
    By the way, when I come to visit, let me know in advance if you’ve stopped showering so I can be prepared. πŸ˜‰

    Seriously Tykes and Sarah, an awesome thing you guys are doing, one of those things that will truly change you forever. Good ruck.

  • Duncan
    Posted at 16:28h, 05 March Reply

    Tyrhone

    You were very brave doing what you did, or maybe it was an easy decision?!

    At the end of the day, you are only on this planet for a short time – enjoy it while you can as you get only one shot!

    Best wishes

    Duncan

  • Tyrhone
    Posted at 10:41h, 22 March Reply

    Hi Duncan,

    Actually, it kind of feels like it was the only choice, especially now were actually doing it.

  • Danielle
    Posted at 11:06h, 26 November Reply

    Well said Tykie – couldn’t be happier for the both of you x

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