I’ve finally been to Paris!
Seriously, have you ever met anyone who visited Paris and didn’t fall in love with it? Finally I got to see what all the fuss is about!
After every city (or whenever he gets around to it), Casey will be doing a short guest blog to share some of his experiences, lessons learned and relationship advice that he has gathered along the way. Only fair, I guess, since he’s on this trip too. All opinions expressed are his own and are not reflective of the owner of this blog. (aka: Please do not judge me based on his posts.)
Planning a trip of this magnitude is intimidating, without a doubt. Neither Casey or myself came into this thinking that it would be easy or without a few missteps, especially when it came to where we would be sleeping every night. Lodging is obviously going to be the biggest part out of budget, and with limited funds available, it can be frustrating to find a place that we want to stay.
It’s safe to say that packing for this trip weighed heavily on my mind way before the one-way ticket was even purchased. How the hell does someone who regularly runs out of hanging space in their closet pack for half a year abroad in a 55L (aka: carry-on sized) bag?
Wait. What? Did I really just say that out loud the night before we leave the country for five months? I might not like traveling?! Hey Meghan, newsflash: It’s a little late for these thoughts.
Without a doubt the most common question that Casey & I have been asked by our friends/family/coworkers once they heard about our plan is, “How are you able to do this?” (Or as bluntly put by one of my guy friends who came running to hug me once he found out, “HOW RICH ARE YOU?!”). Truth be told, a trip of this magnitude is surprisingly less expensive than most people think. Yes it costs money, but the moment we realized this isn’t a vacation- this is going to be our life, we created a budget and built the trip around that.
Oh? You already knew that? Of course you did, because every red-blooded human who has moved before says it at least once a day/hour/minute during the moving process.
So you might be thinking to yourself, how does someone go from dream job in NYC to dropping it all, leaving everything behind and traveling for an indefinite period of time?
He took it so well! He nodded. He smiled. We hugged. Everything went exactly as planned, better even. Immediately after telling him he told my teammates and they were all so supportive of this decision I have made. What a huge relief that the conversation is over and I don’t have to worry about it anymore!