I have a plan…a van plan (and yes, it involves a camper-van).
I want to travel and explore the UK in a camper-van, creating a part nomadic lifestyle along the way while still having a base to come home to. Many folks go off and travel the world to find themselves but while it would be nice to do that, right now it’s not financially viable for me and I also have a particularly naughty cat to consider. For me, it’s not a necessity to travel for months on end. To begin with perhaps I’ll disappear for a weekend, maybe a week or two here and there, and when I’m ready, spend some longer periods of time traveling the coast of Cornwall.
My mission is to ultimately build a lifestyle that suits me, working for myself and being in control of my own schedule. Exploring and adventure are a key part of my happiness; I get itchy feet when I stay in one place for too long.
This goal is a long-term one, set with the idea of making it there by reaching the following mini-goals:
- Clear down current debt. This journey deserves a clean slate, not feeling guilty about spending money on myself when I could be paying off what I owe. This is a priority over everything.
- Save around £5000 for a camper-van. I figure this gives me a little play with. I don’t need anything fancy, something secondhand will do.
- Buy a camper-van. Buy it outright. No debt allowed.
- Save for a contingency fund. I’m a firm believer in having money stashed away for emergencies, breakdowns, and mid-night snacks etc.
- Route planning. Planning where I want to go in advance, how long for and how to make it work it around my job. This is kind of important especially in terms of safety when traveling solo.
- Go. Do it. Don’t look back.
Let’s make this happen.