Having a dream and feeling this inner overwhelming warmth when you make a huge step towards it is simply irreplaceable. Being conscious that your carefully formulated plan prior to date has put you closer to the final destination is fantastic and worth every effort.
To answer the question that surely is buzzing now in your head “but why Japan?”, I would have to write a separate article to fill your curiosity in – so that it makes sense to you, of course. It’s never been without a reason and you’d need to learn a bigger picture to understand me. Let’s leave it at that for now and get to the point of what this entry is about.
There Is No Going Back
Dreams aren’t made true easily – hence the most of human-beings lock them up in their personal dreamland never to see the daylight. I wasn’t aware what I was signing up for in Oct 2015 by finalising the purchase of those flight tickets for my partner and myself. I soon realised quitting my current life over the course of half of a year can quickly grow to a size of a life-overtaking chore.
For you to fully comprehend what’s entrapped in molting of daily commitments of mine I’d need to invite you to have a closer look into my private life. This is what we have done so far (random order):
- filed a notice of flat tenancy termination
- terminated car finance agreement (more to come on this topic)
- my partner handed an employment notice in
- cancelled broadband and landline
- organised a car parking space for a secondary car
- sold at least half of our household out and still selling more (furniture, accessories, electronics etc)
- organised a self-storage room in a local storage warehouse for essentials that we don’t want to sell or give out
- packed and shipped all books (we love books) and any “won’t-need-in-long-time-but-shame-to-sell” items back to parents for long term storage
- organised a first month of accommodation in Tokyo
- researched and purchased convenient insurance tailored for a trip to Japan
- ordered two Shinkansen (bullet-train) 3 weeks tickets to travel around the country
- roughly planned attractions around Japan that we want to see and budgeted them in
- bought two return flights tickets London to Tokyo
- redirected mail from our place of living to a friend’s house
- went through basic language course to communicate with the locals
… and believe me I could easily dig up ten more things. We haven’t accomplished everything, yet.
Inside A Wallet
… or rather a bank account. It’s infeasible to estimate the cost of the entire trip upfront, but I can tell you what we have spent so far. Every backpacker (as I think we can call ourselves that) craves for different experience and upholds life standard he is comfortable with. For us, an average budget is alright. I don’t think you can truly experience life in a foreign country by spending as little as possible.
Below is the cost breakdown for what we have spent so far on miscellaneous things (all prices are for 2 people):
- 1 month of accommodation in Tokyo – £600
- 3-weeks JP RailPass ticket – £640
- Travel insurance – £320
- Return flight from London to Tokyo – £820
- Self-storage for period of 3 months – £180
- Savings for expenses like food, attractions and souvenirs – £4500
- A rucksack & a daily backpack – £300
- Mail redirection to friend’s address – £120
- Traveller’s equipment (shell jacket, wire & lock, travel towel, first aid kit etc) – £600
Grand total £8080 or ¥1265313 (ex. rate Feb 2016)
I will be assisting my clients remotely directly from Japan, which will provide additional income as we go along. Since this is an incomplete and brief list of major expenses, I will go into details in a separate post once we conclude the trip – that is June 2016.
The trip will last 85 days from 3rd March 2016 to 26th May 2016. We will live about 2 months in Tokyo and travel around Japan for at least 3 weeks. Below are a few places we aim to visit:
- Mount Koya
Feel free to let me know about other places worth visiting.
In Da Mood
Get up every morning and say to yourself “I CAN DO IT!”
Enough of technicalities and figures.
Despite of all the money and hassle, we are very excited and eager to put our current life on pause for 85 days and start over when we return.
Until then, stay motivated.