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1. Posted by s0f (Full Member 163 posts) 11y

I've become an eBay addict. I'm selling anything that isn't bolted to the floor. No, just kidding. I have some savings for my trip, but because I'm going for a while, there are certain things I won't need and it's worth more to me to sell them, and to boost my funds.

I have sold or am selling:
My car (I love my car! :( ), xBox, a PABX phone system, various computer parts, iPod accessories, my share in a business.

What have you sold to boost your funds for your travel adventure?

2. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

I sold a couple of apartments before leaving my own country permanently. Some of this money has acted as a reserve in times of need. Otherwise I work and make money in other parts of the world.

3. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

I havent had to sell anything yet but the day I move away, I presume everything except my cats will be sold.

4. Posted by s0f (Full Member 163 posts) 11y

Quoting Wocca

I sold a couple of apartments before leaving my own country permanently.

That's interesting Wocca... We are conditioned from an early age to do certain things in life to get ahead. For example by a house, invest, work for a living etc. If I had been in your position and sold a couple of apartments that I owned people, particularly my family, would have thought I was crazy. "What? Sell the things you've strived to buy just so you can travel?!"

My mum freaked out when I said that I was going to sell my car. I said, "Well, you can't drive manual, neither can Mia (my sis), and it's likely to be sitting in a garage depreciating in value for at least 12 months. What's the point in keeping it? The money I'd get for it is better off sitting in the bank."

I guess as you were leaving permanently it's a bit different, but my family still would have suggested I keep them "for extra income".

5. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 11y

Well, I've never sold anything, but when we had our car accident a couple of years ago, we decided to spend the insurance money on a trip to Europe instead of a new car. We lived for about 6 months without a car as a result.

Was it worth it? Absolutely. I've already pretty much forgotten how annoying it was to have to rely on public transport and my bicycle all the time, but it will be a long time before the memories of that trip fade.

6. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

Quoting Peter

I've already pretty much forgotten how annoying it was to have to rely on public transport and my bicycle all the time, but it will be a long time before the memories of that trip fade.

Thats why a call making the best of a bad situation. I guess I havent wrecked my car bad enough to get that much money, I just have little fender benders.

The bike thing is probably a very good thing though, healthier living right? Here in Florida, you go half a block on a bike in the summer and you would need to replenish three gallons of fluids but since it is too heavy to carry, you simply pass out. Ah yes, nobody will help you either...

7. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Quoting soapsuds

Quoting Wocca

I sold a couple of apartments before leaving my own country permanently.

That's interesting Wocca... We are conditioned from an early age to do certain things in life to get ahead. For example by a house, invest, work for a living etc. If I had been in your position and sold a couple of apartments that I owned people, particularly my family, would have thought I was crazy. "What? Sell the things you've strived to buy just so you can travel?!"

My mum freaked out when I said that I was going to sell my car. I said, "Well, you can't drive manual, neither can Mia (my sis), and it's likely to be sitting in a garage depreciating in value for at least 12 months. What's the point in keeping it? The money I'd get for it is better off sitting in the bank."

I guess as you were leaving permanently it's a bit different, but my family still would have suggested I keep them "for extra income".

I kept one piece of land, but that's only to maintain a "close connection" with my country of citizenship for passport purposes. Otherwise, I would have just had tenant problems.You detach yourself from possessions when you no longer have them.I left a car with a friend for one year, just in case I came back. As you mention, soapsuds, it was just depreciating so I got my friend to sell it after 12 months had gone by. I left a houseful of furniture with a friend who had bought a fairly big house. He's got good use out of that stuff. I wouldn't have got much for the furniture if I'd tried to sell it, so I preferred to put it to some better practical use.

I'm no longer on the electoral roll nor do I have to pay income tax. I've kept a couple of bank / credit card accounts open. It's simpler than trying to reopen them at a later date. My sister looks after that paperwork for me.

I now have too many things here in China. Whenever I move permanently from one country, I just have to give a lot of things away. That's the way it is, and I don't mind at all.

8. Posted by moolieness (Full Member 48 posts) 11y

I have sold a house to finance my first RTW trip, I decided that if I didnt sell it I would be too comfortable and not go. Now with the house gone, car for sale and most of my furniture with new homes it feels real.

Starting from scratch when I get back sounds scary but you only live once and selling stuff was the only way to let my dreams become reality. New York here I come (in 8 weeks):)

9. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

I'm gonna have to sell my car

10. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

Stuff is just stuff. And ALL stuff can be replaced. There is freedom in NOT having material possesions. There will always be another car...house...apartment..furniture...Travel at every opportunity!

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