And having made the definite decision to jump next year, there's a lot of planning to do. I'm as happy as a pig in mud!
First, sort out the finances. Email to accountant, check! Need to find out the best time for me to sell the money tree to minimise my tax exposure. Hey, you don't get to be a capitalist pig without a healthy dose of due diligence!
Second, compile a list of everything I no longer need and start selling it. Man, for a girl who has spent her entire life hoarding and finding second, third and fourth uses for things, you'd think this was going to be hard. But, surprisingly, the list of stuff to get rid of is growing huge, because it seems I really am ready to give up most of my possessions. This is telling me something really profound about my inner psyche methinks!
Third, get my beach house ready to rent out. This means a new roof and guttering and a little downstairs conversion to create a secure storage space for my stuff. The stuff I'm not getting rid of!
Fourth, where to go?
Well.......there's nowhere I don't want to go really. Aside from an active war zone I guess.
I'm really keen to get back to Indonesia again, to visit even more parts of that amazing archipelago. It annoys me that I can only get a 2 month visa, though it can be extended, because I'm pretty sure I could use up a year or more in that country alone! And my Bahasa got really good by the end of my 3 weeks in Java so a bit more practice and I might even become semi fluent!
Then there's the Phillipines, another archipelago I'd love to spend a few months exploring.
Next is Taiwan and Korea, and of course China. And I still have plans to visit Myanmar, why not add Sri Lanka, India and Bangladesh?
Right, that's about 5 years already, and I haven't even left Asia....
About this point in time I told myself I've just got to stop planning. The world's just plain too big.
Which means I can keep my eye out for one of those ridiculously cheap Air Asia flights.