Own only what you can always carry with you: know languages, know countries, know people. Let your memory be your travel bag.
~~ Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn ~~
That quote seems so relevant when we travel today considering the many physical things that tie us to our homes.
The main thing stopping you from spending a little extra time overseas is the fact that your life is still rooted firmly at your home address.
What exactly is it that makes this the center point of your life, why is it somewhere that you must keep returning to; constantly stopping you from sojourning on?
It probably has to do with the fact that this happens to be where all of your worldly possessions are currently being stored, and even more to do with the fact that you are probably paying either mortgage or rent on the premises.
Being the place you keep all of your stuff is a pretty good indicator that this is home, that this is where you are supposed to be spending the majority of your time, right?
Furthermore, it makes perfect sense that if you have an ongoing cost to maintaining the residence, that it may not be the best plan to go gallivanting around the globe. After all, you should spend at least some time at your home, otherwise what is the point in having it at all?
There is of course, another option, one which you may not have actually considered yet.
If your goal is to be travelling and seeing the world, then why would you let the fact that you have a home and all your stuff waiting for you?
Don’t fall victim to the well-known catch phrase that:
“what we own in life ends up owning us”
Before you jump to any conclusions, the response is not that you should get rid of your home and sell off all of your stuff; that is a little drastic.
It is much simpler than that.
Organise storage for all of your stuff, don’t lease a new house (if you are a renter) or rent out your home (if you own it).
The cost to keep your goods in a storage center is a fraction of the cost of keeping them in a private home, and if you don’t plan on being at home all that often then it makes perfect sense.
If you own your own home, then you will need to store your goods if you want to rent it out while you travel. Renting it out will offset your storage costs, whilst also help you financially while you are off globetrotting.
If you don’t have access to mum and dad’s shed, or a friend’s garage, then your best bet will be to engage a professional storage company.
One thing you may not realize, is that there is a whole lot more to storage than self-storage units at your local compound.
Whilst it’s great for people who are just putting their household overflow into store, it may not be the best option for the traveler.
The main benefit is of course that you will have consistent access to the storage area, but this may be a pointless source of additional costs for those of us who are on the other side of the planet anyway!
If you are interested in finding out a little more about the various storage options that you could go for, have a look at this blog post about storage options for travellers I found on the topic.
Remember, don’t let the mental drag of your physical possessions stop you from experiencing all that travel has to offer.