God, sometimes I think Money is the original 4 letter word but spelt incorrectly - I'm working full time but now never enough!
I have to say, I used to have high flying jobs travelling and living all over the world (even headhunted to go over and help set up something in the US) but following a few major redundancies I finally realised that I had to down scale my life for more job security & less hassle.
But that all comes at a cost - literally! It now means I don't have the cash to splash on this mega project of a trip.
So creativity has to be the key ... I'm not at this moment going to say how much I need to save and find but suffice to say what with the transport of my bike or hire of a bike over a period of at least 30-40 days, accommodation, transport over to the US, food and some $$$ to make the most of the places I'll get to over that period you can imagine it's more than a couple of grand!
So what have I done so far?
Well, since over a year I thought I could save but 'cos of a few major things over the past year (future blog) that equals zero.
So, I literally started rummaging through anything I could sell on eBay - not much luck and a bit of a disaster - such as selling my very expensive New York designer wedding dress and loosing a lot of money thinking the bidder given a 2nd chance would pay my asking price but it was me who had to accept their offer - so they got a real good deal !
A lot of the other stuff I didn't even get bids for - bit of a joke - just too many things out there for sale !
Ironically, the only other thing I did manage to sell were a pair of biker gloves - thanks eBay biker buyer !
I even contacted Sotheby's to try and value an item I thought might be of value and hey, suprise, suprise they were not interested!
So what else ? ... Well although I didn't want to do it, I have tried to rent out my spare room on a Monday to Friday let - again this I've tried since February - just one enquiry which fell through and the thought of a stranger sharing space isn't ideal but I guess achieving things sometimes has to be done through compromise.
So I've even been pro-active and contacted those looking for rentals instead of waiting for replies ... let's see.
And then, as usual, since the end of last year just trying to economize on food (and not buying clothes) - baked potatoes and pasta I've had enough of !
But strangely the cost of living is still not allowing me to save ... but I'll have good news I know very soon ...