Am I Getting Cold Feet?

December 31, 2012 | By | 16 Replies More

Cold feet

I’m questioning myself whether I should do this year long round-the-world trip soon or delay it for another year. I was getting close to taking off, but there are some exciting things happening at work that I would like to see come to fruition.

What to do… let’s weigh the options.

Should I delay a round-the-world trip for a year?
Pros Cons
  • Save more money, especially for re-entry
  • Improve this blog to be more helpful to others
  • Build up CouchSurfing network
  • Pick the low hanging fruit bucket list items to accomplish now while I have steady income
  • The likely of going decreases
  • The odds of getting sick, hit by a bus, or dying too soon increases
  • Prices will go up

After reviewing my bucket list, there are a lot of goals I can accomplish right now leading up to a big round-the-world trip.

A few things I’m proud of in preparation this past year is working towards being credit card debt free, saving money, reducing weight, living a “green” and healthier lifestyle, and finding happiness in the process of planning.

“There’s no such thing as unrealistic goals, only unrealistic time frames”

It’s new years eve. Now is the perfect time to reflect, reevaluate, and set new goals for 2013.

  • Have you delayed the start date of your rtw trip?
  • If so, was there anything you would have done differently?
  • What experiences can you share?
  • What else should I consider as a pro or con?

Category: Planning

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  1. Ryan says:

    I would say don’t delay! I know at this time it looks like the pros outweigh the cons but I think if something happens and you can’t do it next year, you may come to regret the decision. There are always going to be reasons to NOT do something; I think we need to look at all the reasons TO do something instead ;) I wish you all the best of luck and happiness in the New Year! Cheers!
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    • Thank you for sharing. Things in life do pop up and if for any reason I don’t do this, I might regret it later. The glass needs to be looked at as half full. :) Happy New Year!

    • I wholeheartedly agree! Don’t delay! There will always be reasons not to leave, and some of them might seem like really good reasons not too…but at some point its best just to jump with both feet in. We also had lots of reasons not to go on our trip, right about this time last year in fact, and I’m really glad we did! No regrets here. Good luck and happy travels in the New Year!!

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      • Thank you! Paying off my credit cards seems to be on my mind, but I’m almost done. I’m spacing out the payments so I can put more money in my savings first, then pay off the cards second. While I’m not on the road quite yet, I’m having mini adventures by riding the bus to and from work everyday.
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  2. Don’t delay it!!! It’s so easy to just postpone it! I started my blog over 2 years ago when I thought I was going on my big trip, but guess what? I didn’t. “This autumn I will” “WTF? Already autumn? Ok, this spring!” “WTF, Already spring?”. Just pick a date and buy the first ticket!! :) You will feel soooo much better then!

    About the pros;
    The couchsurfing network you will build up during travels!! So it’s not a pro to stay at home!
    The low fruit bucket list items will still be there to do later too! Are they more interesting then this around the world-trip? You have the whole rest of your life to do the low hanging fruit!
    And improve the blog isn’t the most important thing, It should be your experiences and life in first hand!
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    • I went to the Grand Canyon last fall with a CouchSurfer and she said to buy the ticket and everything will works itself out. It makes sense. As you mentioned, I can do the low hanging fruit items after the RTW trip. Thank you for the insight! Hope to join you on the road soon! Happy New Year!

  3. Mike says:

    normally i would say, get after it, as most travelers would say, especially those on the road right now. that being said you seem to be very pragmatic about things and make excellent pros and cons.

    i love the idea of saving an extra 2-5k for re-entry (depending on your zip code and lifestyle) so you can spend a month or two settling in and job searching. so thats a good reason to stay.

    the work thing…well there will always be cool things on the horizon, and they will ALWAYS take 2-3 times longer than you thought to come to fruition. so i wouldn’t let that keep you home. because even when they do come to fruition you are then going to want to stay around to work on this “new cool thing” and not leave the day it goes live or whatever.

    so my advice is listen to your heart, and your friends….maybe save a bit more work on the blog hard core (less drinking, more coding)….and agree to hit the road at a set date in the near future, and buy your ticket now so you have a date in your head.

    rock on, and if you need any inspiration, join our party –

    Mike & ANne
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  4. Steph ( says:

    I know it is scary to take the leap and let go of the life you are living now, but as many other commenters have said, if you just commit to taking this trip NOW, things will work out! I was terrified to give up the “sure thing” back home, but I leaped, and five months later, the ground is still nowhere in sight. In fact, it might be farther away than ever, as I’m soaring higher and higher every day.

    The truth is, taking off to travel long-term changes you & your life in ways you can’t even imagine right now. So many of my best experiences on this trip have been ones I never would have anticipated, ones I couldn’t have spotted 5 months ago. Life has a way of opening up avenues for us when we need them. Believe in yourself and act now and you will not regret it!

    (Also, we had only hosted 2 people via CouchSurfing prior to leaving, and never Surfed once! We don’t Surf all the time, but as long as you have some references/friends on CS and write thoughtful requests, you should have no problems finding hosts!)
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    • Thank you for the encouragement and sharing your story! My CS profile is full of positive reviews already. When I was referring to building up my CS profile, I meant that I’d like to expand my network further by hosting more people. Preferably have hosts on each continent. :) I’d be ready to use CS if I had to find a host tomorrow.

      One of the goals on my bucket list is to hike Kilimanjaro. I might prioritize this goal ahead of the RTW trip since it requires a lot of money and gear which I don’t want to lug around during a RTW. I might do the hike then start the RTW right after a few more months of working.

      The road is calling. Hope our cross paths on the road.

  5. amy says:

    You don’t mention in the ‘cons’ the mental agony of being stuck at home when all you want is to get out there and see the world. This was the thing that pushed us into buying a one-way ticket out of the UK and with only weeks to go until we leave I’m so glad we did. Don’t delay your trip, as others have pointed out, book the ticket and everything else will fall into place.
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    • Funny you mention this because the agony is going through my head. lol Once I zero out my credit card debt, I can move to the next step of purchasing the one way ticket. Thank you for the support!

  6. Linda Bibb says:

    Our situation is a little different because we just decided to move to a new country. We work online so that’s not a problem.

    I agree with the other posters: Don’t put it off.

    Here’s what I’ve learned: No matter how much money it is, it will likely never be “enough.” Ënough” is an arbitrary term. What’s enough? People in other countries often spend less money in a year than we make in a month. So I’m learning to relax and enjoy the ride.

    And how do you know you won’t come up with a different excuse/reason to put it off in a year? Just do it. A year from now you’ll be thrilled you did.

    Anyway, that’s my take.
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