When I bought my apartment in Stockholm in March last year, I felt that this was a place where I would spend many happy years. It was the right size for me, had a nice kitchen and balcony and I loved the loft bed. At this point the idea to cycle around the world had not yet been planted in my mind so I was looking forward to living there for a long time and enjoyed buying furniture and making it into a real home.
But then again, life never really turns out the way you plan, does it?
When I decided to quit my job and sell my apartment, I got quite nervous because it’s in my nature to crave stability in life. I didn’t want that to stop me though, so I basically just went for it and refused to even think about any negative things this could bring. Sometimes you have to step out of your comfort zone to keep moving.
Of course it’s sad to let this amazing apartment go, but to be honest it’s just a place. Four walls, a floor and a ceiling and that’s it. When I’m ready for it I’m pretty sure I’ll be able to find somewhere just as great again. I will have to, because yesterday I signed the papers to sell my apartment to someone else, and I will move out on the 4th of May, right after I’ve stopped working.
I have not felt bad about it for even a second despite my worries, because the house market in Stockholm is INSANE and I got some money for it. I probably wouldn’t have to sleep in a tent my entire trip if I didn’t want to, but camping is something I’m really looking forward to. So today I bought the “house” I will be staying in during my trip around the world, introducing the MSR Hubba HP 1 person tent:
Isn’t it a beauty? I’ve only camped twice in my entire life, both times at the Roskilde Festival in Denmark when I was a teenager. I’m not sure that counts as camping experience though, so I can’t wait for my tent to arrive so that I can try it out at home before I leave. I bought it from a UK site for £273 which I think is very reasonable. It’s a lightweight freestanding tent and it’s been getting a lot of great reviews. I can’t believe that this will actually be my home for the next few years, and I’m SUPER excited about it. If you would have told me that I would be this excited over camping a few years ago, I would have laughed and questioned your mental health…
So now it’s suddenly very real. I’ve quit my job, I sold my apartment and new gear is arriving all the time. Most of the time I don’t think I’ve quite realized that I’m actually doing this, but then all of a sudden I remember and it kind of blows my mind. I’m so glad that I’m actually pursuing my dreams, and not letting life pass me by while I could be out on the roads riding my bike and meeting great people.
Next step: change my LinkedIn profile to say “professional adventurer”. Wow.