Things I still have to do before I leave for New Zealand

I’ve traveled a lot in my life, but never before have I left without any plan of coming back. I could be gone for 6 months, a year, 2 years… who knows!?

It’s a weird feeling — having to tie up every loose end in your life. It’s a bit like knowing when you’re going to die, I’d imagine. You want to tell everyone that you love them and you want to eat at all your favorite restaurants one last time and do everything that you’ve never done before. You want to sleep with all your old girlfriends (call me, bitches!) and you want to cheers with all your old drinking buddies (call me, bitches!). And then there are all the things that you actually have to get done — important logistical things. And there’s just never enough time to get it all done.

Departure date: Feb. 19th, 2008 – Approx 3 weeks left.

Here is an incomplete list of some things that I really do have to get done before I leave.

  • pack up the stuff I’ll be leaving at my mom’s house
  • sell anything of any value (CraigsList!)
  • get health insurance
  • notify my bank that I’ll be traveling
  • cancel my cellphone
  • set up a Skype account
  • buy some T shirts and socks
  • sell my car
  • I’d like to update my blog’s theme with some cool new features (maybe)
  • prep for my article about NZ backpacker travel with
  • maybe buy some good sneakers (loads of hikes in NZ)
  • cash in all my coinage at the CoinStar
  • pool together all my money
  • blog, blog, blog
  • make copies of important documents (birth cert, college diploma (for job hunt) Visa stuff, etc.)
  • book a hostel for my first night
  • eat at In n Out one last time
  • say goodbye to all my friends (Drink! Drink! Drink!)
  • pack! yikes!

Oh man, i know I have loads of other stuff to do too — I’ll probably add more to this list later.

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  • marc shields

    Hey Bro

    So you coming to N.Z eh? Let me know when you get here. Id be keen to catch up for a drink… cheers

    Marc (from Serbia)

  • Chelsea

    Ummm, Justin! You better be back in July for the wedding of a lifetime….if not, I don’t know if I will ever be able to forgive you!!!!

    Hawaii – - July – - Be there, or we have problems!


  • Chelsea Talks Smack

    ya know, because you wrote this list, I will officially be stealing it for my move to NYC. and beyond, so that I dont need to mke alist of my own, since my oganization skills are shitty.

  • Illuminati

    Justin…made the change on my friends list…thanks for the update..good luck man and stay safe…


  • Justin Jones

    thanks chris!

    chelsea TS — NY?? man, I need to read your blog more, i have no idea what you’re doing!

    chels — you know I’ll do everything i can be be in Hawaii for the big day!

    Marc — I’ll see you in NZ, buddy!

  • ChrisPark

    Hello. My name is Chris. I’m from USA. I’m new to this forum, i was hoping you could maybe teach me some stuff.

    This is me-> – Just so you know who i am! feel free to post your own photos. Allways best to know who you talk to!