1. Get a postal address
You may think that you don’t need one. Because well, who sends mail anymore? But you do. Your bank wants you to live somewhere, the tax man wants you to live somewhere, if you have a mobile phone they want you to live somewhere. The whole system is made for people with a fixed address. So get one. Getting a postal address was one of the best things I got. It doesn’t cost much and if I do get mail, which is rare, they forward it to wherever I am at that moment in time.
2. What do I do with my stuff?
You have two options here. Put your stuff in storage or rent a small living space. I’ve done both. Here is what I experienced.
The first thing I did was to get rid of basically everything I own. I only kept things that were special to me, things that had sentimental value or that I probably won’t be able to replace because of a lack in financial resources due to this location independent lifestyle. I was brutal with the cutting.
In the end all I owned fitted into a ten square feet unit at a self-storage facility. I rented this for a year at a really good price. For me this was great because I knew my stuff was safe. But it did mean that sometimes, when I wasn’t traveling, I couldn’t use my stuff. It was locked away somewhere in a storage box.
The second option is what I do now and it works really good for me. I rent a room in a house, a friend’s house, and I can come and go when I please. It means that I have my stuff around me, and when I get that feeling we all get, even the most free of us, that we want to belong somewhere, I go back to my room for a while. I’m lucky to have this space. I don’t worry that when I come back from traveling that my stuff might have been stolen or thrown out because no one was home. If you can find a place like this, it is ideal. Try to keep the cost as low as possible though. You’re not going to be there much so you want to save your cash for traveling not pay big rent on a place where you going to be once every so often.
3. Communication devices
This for me is pretty important. Being a woman traveling on her own, I like to know that with the press of a button I can get assistance. I invested in the best mobile phone I could afford with the highest memory and all that stuff. I knew when I bought it, that I can’t just buy a new phone every year, so the one I got needed to last. I also have a mobile phone contract which is a little bit high. It runs out next month and I will change it to a more basic contract. All I need is to be able to make a call in case of an emergency. I can get wifi almost anywhere I go. At a coffee shop or hostel or even public transport has them. Some cities even have free wifi. And with that I use WhatsApp, iMessage or Skype to call my friends and family.
Don’t worry too much about things. When I changed my life I didn’t plan it out at all. I went with my gut feelings. I just jumped and I know maybe it was risky, but if I thought too much about it, I probably would have talked myself out of it.
So my advice is to do a little bit of navel gazing and get a vague idea of what you want to do and then just jump, because you will fly. Sometimes you may crash but it won’t kill you, all you got to do is get up brush off the dust put a bandaid on the sore place and jump off the next cliff.
Let me know how it goes by leaving comments below.
Joy, love and light to you.