This is where the idea for this blog was born! Before going to Egypt, Jordan, and Spain I was going through many changes and wondering if I had lived my life to the fullest. The conclusion I came to was that I had not. Here’s to new beginnings.
I’ve been going through a lot of changes lately and recently had an epiphany that I needed to start really living my life and stop making excuses because you never know when it’s your time to go. I have accomplished a great deal to date, but it is only the tip of the iceberg. I still have yet to change the world for the better, see the world, or start any successful businesses.
This is what spawned my impromptu (and extremely short notice) trip to Jordan, Egypt, and Spain. Since I travel overseas annually to see ruins of ancient civilizations, Egypt has always been on the top of my list, but I made excuses like “it’s too expensive”, or “there are so many awesome things to do that weekend”, or “I’ll be away from my cats for too long”. Just some of the many excuses I’ve been telling myself my whole life that have been holding me back. So I decided to just do it 🙂 Even though it’s going to be over $6k!!!
While I’m in Spain I want to see if I can start several businesses. I don’t expect any of them to make me rich, but I figure if I get enough things going, the residual income will add up. I already have 3 side businesses that take care of my home and food, so 3 more side businesses couldn’t hurt and maybe something will even come from them.
The first idea is travel blogging. I’m partially writing this to document my travels and encourage others to become world travelers. I’m also writing this in hopes that one day people or companies might endorse or sponsor my vacations so I can travel the world while making money and memories. I generally have very interesting stories when I travel. Always an adventure…
Another thing that I am trying to start is a card game. I am using the 16 hour flights to read 2 textbooks on game design and will hopefully have a good understanding of what makes them fun. Last time I went in search of ruins I used the time to learn VBA and MS Access (programming language and poor man’s database), so I should certainly be able to do this!
The main business I want to start is as a Sangria manufacturer. Last year when I was in Spain I tried real sangria for the first time. In the USA sangria is just watered down wine. In Barcelona, I had a small half glass and couldn’t walk out the door! It is truly supposed to be a party drink and has a lot of liquor. Most Spaniards do not partake unless they are in party mode and it is generally considered a touristy thing. It’s a good thing I’m from the US and a tourist because now I want to bring the experience home for all my friends to try. I’m hoping to come back with 10-20 authentic sangria recipes, have taste testing with all my friends and family, and bottle/sell the 3 most popular. I am even considering making a sangria cook book if they all turn out well.
When I get back from this trip I want to travel the US a little bit and maybe take my father on his bucket list trip. My father means the world to me and is getting older, so I want to make memories with him now while I can. One of his dreams is to rent motorcycles and ride through Central America. I’m thinking about either quitting my job or finding remote work so I can go on this journey with him and make memories before it is too late. I learned my lesson with my grandfather and once you realize things are going downhill it’s usually already too late to do all those things you wanted to do with them.
Hopefully this trip will be an eye opener for me. It brings to mind a burner saying “safety 3rd”. Safety is important, but not at the expense of making memories and living life. I need to let go of my fears and excuses and this is my first step.