My goodness, this is a BIG question. Almost as big as the what if itself!
In my current job I’m making less than $20 per hour (still not bad for a juiced-up secretary position) and earning 15 days of vacation per year – well, minus the seven I have to take off for mandatory closures. So eight days a year. A week and a half. And hey, I’m pleased a punch that I passed the five-year anniversary at work so I was bumped up from 12 days per year – five after closures.
But what that means is that even if I could scrape together enough to take a trip to some place I’ve always wanted to see, I’d barely have enough time to get over the jet lag before I have to come home again.
But here’s something I have going for me: I’m debt free. Yep. Never racked up credit card debt in college like so many do. I paid off my students loans as quickly as possible. I rent my apartment. And this summer I paid off my car. Early. I have no financial obligation to anyone. [happy dance]
So I started crunching numbers. How much money do I have right now? How much could I save up? And how much could I get from selling my stuff – including my car?* So, assuming I move in nine months, I came up with what I feel is best-case and worst-case, each of which may still be conservative. Worst: ~4 months salary. Best: ~7 months salary.
*Sidenote: Can I just give myself a hearty pat on the back for purchasing a car with some staying power? A quick internet search shows that some of her comparable sisters are selling for almost what I paid for her. By no means do I expect to get that much (in my dreams, maybe) but it’s still encouraging.
Anyway, minus, say, $800 for a flight, $1000 for incidental and moving expenses, and (stab in the dark) $500 for work permit / visa whatsits. That leaves enough for an adventure, right?
Oh yeah, and $100 for a suitcase. I don’t even own one. That itself is kind of sad.