Well, this is long overdue.
I’ve been so focused on building a backlog of evergreen posts on the blog that I haven’t even let you guys know what we’re up to next year. That’s because I’m trying to get work as a freelance writer with my blog as a portfolio, and I’m trying to increase the income from my blog.
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I’ve tried to shift away from my own personal narrative (because, really, who is that helping??) towards useful content that serves readers. But I know some of you are interested in what’s going on over here, so here goes.
In early February we are flying to Los Angeles, where we will have a few days at Disneyland. We’ll then catch a bus or train down to San Diego and hang out there for a week or so before crossing into Tijuana via the Cross Border Express.
From Tijuana we’ll fly somewhere else in Mexico (we don’t know where yet) and hang out there until the end of March when we head up to Florida to board a transatlantic cruise to Barcelona.
After that we’ll probably fly to Ireland for a week or so. Then, who knows. I’m not allowing myself to plan any further ahead than that. It’ll either be South East Asia or back to South/Central America or Mexico for a couple of months. We don’t have the money to stick around in Europe for too long.
My goal is $2,000/mth by the time we depart. I’m currently at 400/mth from writing, around 300/mth from my blog and I have some other things in the pipeline. Dave might be able to take unpaid leave from his job, but if not he’ll resign on good terms and apply again when we get back.
We have enough savings to pay for the entire trip, but hopefully they won’t be necessary.
We have house-sitters. I still plan to eventually rent the house on Airbnb when we travel, but, for now we can’t be arsed with all the renovation work (and expense) required to get it up to Airbnb standard. Our mortgage is pretty small – the minimum payment is under $500/mth so we’re happy to have sitters in and no stress.
We’ll be gone for around 4.5 months, but I’m already starting to think further ahead to a year in Mexico while the boys are still small. The NZD is strong against the peso and I imagine it’ll get stronger after November. It makes perfect sense for us to live in Mexico. It’s the midway spot between both of our families, plus I’m close to the US which is definitely the centre of the universe for blogging/writing stuff. That’s a decision we’ll make on our first trip, and will depend on how my income is trending.
So that’s that. In case you were wondering :-).
Are you travelling in 2017? Got any tips for me to save money at Disney? Or recommendations for fish tacos in San Diego?