Ahhh! My graduate school pic. Look at that fresh, round face, so eager to finally work a 30+ year, 40+ hour work week career I dreamed about since the 9th grade. By society’s standards, I was following the path of life ‘the right way.’ I had my career, so all I needed to do was get married, purchase a mini mansion and 2 cars, go on vacation once to twice a year, then start family planning. In my 20’s, I agreed that this was the best future for me. I mean, what else was there to do?
Then in 2011, I visited Roatan, Honduras, all alone, informing close friends and family via text in Houston’s airport of my whereabouts. This trip proved to be one of the best decisions I have made in my life because it challenged me to reevaluate my lifetime goals. It solidified my decision to stop the attempts of achieving ‘The American Dream’ and to proceed toward the Expatriate Dream. Each and everyday, I prepare to live my life as an expatriate. As of March 2012, I have paid off $15,379.53 in credit card debt. Additionally, I am selling my home to live in an apartment,
maintaining my paid off car (life happened, I had to purchase another vehicle), saving more and taking caution of how, when, and where I spend my money.
Traveling consists of creating memories and expanding a person’s viewpoint of the world, but doing so relies heavily on one’s financial condition. I came to this conclusion after seeing how instant gratification without proper planning (for anything in that matter) can wreak havoc on an already faulty budget. Realizing this important concept, I’ve decided to make wiser and purposed financial choices in general and for travel. I will share my many mistakes from the past, their consequences, and my voyage to financial serenity!
Like many of you reading my blog, I currently work full-time. With this said, finding the time and money to travel can be cumbersome, but it can be done and I will show you how. My goal is to work full-time until all of my debt is paid off, transitioning to part time, and eventually as needed so I can travel at my leisure.
My blog’s goal is to get YOU to traveling AND to do it with financial wisdom, especially if you are single and have fears about trotting the globe alone. I will show you how to take the steps necessary to begin enjoying what this wonderful world has to offer, via practical tips and my personal experiences.
As you read , please note the various themes which are as follows: Anticipation of my voyage, Acceptance (or not) during my voyage, Afterthoughts and Advice (to you). It harbors my joys, disappointments, and surprises of traveling throughout this world and I invite you to laugh with me, learn with/from me, and sigh at me, one country at a time!
Sista Voyage’s travel stats:
– I LOVE TO TRAVEL ALONE!!!!
– My goal is to travel extensively throughout Central/South America and the Caribbean
– Would love to move to either Belize or Honduras (this will change as I travel more, ha ha)
– I cry during flight turbulence
– Paris, France was…okay
– I went on my first cruise at the age of 28
– I have to force myself to try new cuisines specific to a country
– I wish I could live in Cedar Point Amusement Park
– My longest flight as of 2012 was to Paris, France…8 hours
– I have no desire to visit London…or Hawaii…or Mexico…or Russia, but that may change.
– I want to visit every major amusement park in the world
While I don’t mind paying for a trip, I don’t like paying for travel insurance. Many times, I just take my chances I no longer take my chances with travel insurance. Have you seen the price of plane tickets??? Whew!
– The first country I visited was Jamaica
– My first flight was at the age of 23
– I have tried to learn how to swim three times…and failed miserably. I will keep trying because I want to snorkel and eventually dive into the oceans one day
– I am a smooth jazz fanatic and I have been on two Smooth Jazz Cruises so far
– I have taken several Spanish courses, but nothing can compare to being immersed in the language.
– I consider cancelling my trips a lot because of her:
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