If you remember, a few weeks ago I laid out my game plan for leaving my job, selling my possessions, and backpacking fulltime. Today, I completed steps 2 and 3. Last week, step 6.
Step 2: Give adequate notice to employers– done. In my case, I judged adequate notice as 5 months. I currently do web design and IT support for a local media business in FL. I’m the most senior employee, and I knew the transition would take planning long in advance to go smoothly. There was perhaps a 10% fear that I would be fired on the spot, as I’ve heard horror stories from friends at other companies. Despite, the risk, I wanted to do “the right thing,” so this morning I met with my boss and informed him that my previous 2 week trip to Costa Rica had been a trial run for a much longer backpacking trip.
I let him know that I would be more than willing to train our current employees in what I do, and to assist in finding and training my replacement. I told him that I already had a one-way plane ticket to San Salvador for April 10th, and that I would I would continue to assist remotely as much as was needed—a perfect way to make money on the road.
As I suspected, everything went totally fine. I was not fired, and he actually thanked for me letting him know 5 months to the day in advance.
I told my mom on Tuesday when I went home to vote, and I posted on facebook—promptly completing step 3. Considering, I just returned from 2 weeks backpacking in Costa Rica, I apparently have step 6 completed as well. From here on out, all I have to do is save money like crazy. I am pretty confident I can put $800 a month into my savings account, so after 5 months I should have at least $4000. I’m also selling my car, which should net me a minimum of $2500. Add in at least another $1000 or so for some of other random shit I’m selling and I should have myself set for at least 6 months—assuming I make absolutely no money the entire time I’m gone. However, given the motivation of staying abroad indefinitely, I think I will figure something out pretty fast.
I haven’t been this excited since I left Florida for a student exchange program with a Finnish family 11 years ago, but this is even better because I don’t see why I would need to come back. I’m relatively confident I could make $1000 a month with a combination of remote online work, donations from readers like you, couch surfing, and bartering English lessons for room and board.
With that said, I continue to count down the seconds.
22 weeks, 4 days, 20 hours, 25 minutes, 34 seconds…