Category Archives: Planning

Introducing Jodi Goes Global

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I’ve been playing around with the idea of starting a self hosted blog for about two years now. However, for some reason or another, I’ve always managed to talk myself out of it. The excuses ranged from ‘It’s too expensive’ to ‘I already have a blog’. At the end of the day, the dream was constantly pushed aside.

Interestingly enough, I dubbed 2016 as my ‘YES’ year. I planned to say yes to just about anything that my heart decided on. The very first thing that came to mind was to start another blog, so I upped and did exactly that. I cannot tell you how proud I am of following up on my innermost desires. I bought a domain and www.jodigoesglobal.com was born.

So, it’s a lot of work ahead, but I have the entire year to work on it. Let’s see what sort of magic I can create over the next twelve months!

 

RTW Number 2…. Begins in 2.5 Weeks!

Unexpectedly, I will be leaving on another trip around the world in just over 2 weeks. I have been dreaming, planning and socking away all my spare cash for a while now, but I had no clue about when I would get the chance to leave. Well, my bosses approved a long paid vacation, so I am scrambling about like a headless chicken.. trying to plan a basic itinerary, cramming in-depth research into my possible destinations, and tackling an ever increasing To Do list.

In spite of all this activity, I must admit that all of the fear and trepidation which I experienced the first time around are practically non-existent. I can’t tell if it’s due to the short amount of time before I depart, or my subconscious recognizes that I’ve backpacked solo before, and sees no reason to freak out. Whatever it is, I’m grateful, because a panic attack is the very last thing I need to deal with right now.

I booked my first flight a few days ago… from Antigua to Ecuador! This will be my first time stepping foot on the mainland continent of South America. From there I plan to cross the border into Peru, then I will figure out the rest from there. Here’s to hoping that you’ll come along for the journey. I will post more info over the next few days, as I wrap up my preparations. Any tips or suggestions on where I should go are welcomed!

Balancing Work and Travel

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I’m sure everyone’s been there. After a particularly bad day at work, you’ve imagined yourself rushing home, haphazardly packing a small suitcase of clothes and essentials before dashing off to the airport and booking the first flight out. It would be exciting! Oh the possibilities… the adventures which await!

Then of course, most often than not..reality sneaks its way into the back of your brain and you realize while it IS possible, it’s not really a smart idea.

I think the best way to avoid this type of situation, is to find a balance between working and traveling. There’s no doubt about it. Travel is freaking awesome! It gives you a boost of confidence, makes you appreciate that there’s so much more to life than what we see on a daily basis. Hundreds of different foods to sample, thousands of songs we haven’t heard yet.. but if we only had the the chance, we would be dancing the night away.

Honestly, I have these thoughts all the time. More so, because I live on a tiny island in the Caribbean Sea. I can literally drive around my country in less than 2 hours. This creates the travel equivalent of ‘cabin fever’ and it doesn’t take much for me to feel anxious to jet off to a foreign destination. So, what are my options here?

I could take more weekend trips. At my job, when we get ‘called out’ on our day off, or we’re rostered to work on public holidays… we can either opt for payment in cash or two days off. Surprise surprise! I always take the days! So, with a bit of planning, I could easily take a small vacation for 3-4 days.

These mini holidays could fill the void while I plan for a Big Trip. Although one could argue that I would be wasting funds on mini adventures, rather than adding to my Big Trip savings… I believe in small rewards. For travel addicts, it is much easier to think ‘2 months to go before my weekend in Miami’ than ’10 months to go before I can get the heck out of Dodge!’

Research also helps to scratch the travel itch. I can easily submerge myself in hundreds of travel blogs. This provides me with the opportunity to visit far flung destinations from the comfort of my bed. Many bloggers have the magic touch which enables me to feel as though I am right there with them on the 20 hour bus rides or sipping cocktails on a deserted beach in the South Pacific.

At any cost, there has to be a balance. I’m not saying it’s easy. What I can guarantee however, is the fact that it’s worth the while! When something is a major priority in your life, you can and will do what is necessary to make it a reality. If you have any other ideas as to how I can live a life of frequent travel while maintaining a full-time job… I’d love to hear them! Safe travels to all!