First of all, I just wanted to say Happy New Year!
2017 was a unique year of a lot of ups and downs, however as we grow older, we become more wise. Not to make the same mistakes as we did in the past, and continue on into the future making our dreams a reality.
We all know that it takes money to travel. Though the cost of traveling around the world, especially in South East Asia has dropped considerably, all thanks to new advances in technology and fuel economy. Seeing as I made more than I initially thought at my day job, my focus right now when it comes to financials is to pay off my Mazda and KTM as soon as I possibly can. Paying these suckers off with each and every single paycheck I make, I should be well on the road to paying these guys off in a jiffy.
There are still a lot of things that I need to pay off, besides the Mazda and KTM. Such as my MacBook Pro, iPhone 7, credit cards.
All in the mean while, I’ll simultaneously be saving for travel/spending money. Ideally I’d like to save about $10,000 USD, but that’s a little optimistic. Here’s hoping, right?
My day job is enough to allow me to pay off the things I need to pay off while saving little by little. Initially I thought I was going to need to get a second job, however thankfully that didn’t turn out to be the case. I made more than the average Minnesotan in 2017… (I really, really need to be cutting back on the splurges and spending…)
Learning more about front end web development and iOS application development is going to allow me to help make me money while I’m abroad using freelancing services such as Upwork.com.
It’s amazing how quickly time is flying by compared to my younger years. It seems that the days are passing by faster and faster, each week is coming quicker. Months are just going by like it was just last week. It’s unnerving.
My last day at Mazda will be on my birthday, which is August 24th. I hope to have a huge gathering with friends and family celebrating my new adventure and to celebrate the anniversary of my birth.