A Four Step Plan

April 11, 2012 | | By Kevin Read


In the past 7 days I have sold my car, put everything I own into storage and moved out of my apartment. I have said goodbye to many close friends and visited some of my favorite places in the world for the last time. I have no keys now, nothing that needs keys, and everything that is left is packed into two small bags at my feet.

Though I should have started explaining this months or weeks ago, there has been no time for it; everything that I condensed into the first paragraph of this post represents weeks of stress, worry and a complicated choreography of intersecting appointments, paperwork and errands. Making a big change isn’t easy, and often the practical things get so big you can no longer see the reasons behind them. I have become all practical.

Tomorrow I will be in Brazil. At this stage, I have no concept of how that fact came to be true, but at its most basic level travelling can be just going to an airport, walking on to a plane, and stepping off somewhere new. All the other stuff, the planning and the booking and the careful packing, is done, and from here it’s a simple set of tasks.

1. Get up.

2.Go to airport.

3. Fly to Brazil.

After that there is no more practical. For the next four months I am travelling a giant horseshoe around the South Pacific Ocean, from the Amazon Rainforest to Patagonia, the Great Barrier Reef to Angkor Wat. I have some airline tickets, some train schedules and idea of the buses. My bags contain everything I think I will need and the plans I have made seem sensible.

It’s the scary and exciting thing about travelling that you can’t know what problems are going to occur before you get there, or when you’ll encounter things better than anything you could have planned for, but you can improve your chances. I’ve spend the last few months getting vaccinated, arranging visas and booking flights. I’ve read guidebooks, forums and blogs and asked everyone for their travel advice and recommendations. I’m prepared, but some things are bound to go wrong and the next stages can’t be broken down any further in advance. So tomorrow is the last day of simple tasks, ending with number 4.

4. Travel around the world.

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2 responses to “A Four Step Plan”

  1. Helen says:

    I’m subscribed and will be tracking your progress around the world from my desk in Borehamwood! Enjoy 🙂

  2. Tuely says:

    Hurrah for travelling! Hope you have arrived okay in Brazil 🙂

    p.s. it’s raining here so it seems you picked a good day to leave!

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