So in a couple of days I’m going to be leaving on my first “mini-retirement” to Beijing, China. I’m going for a month.
To say I’m excited would be an understatement, but it doesn’t show the full picture. My emotions have been oscillating between pure excitement and sheer terror in the lead up to this trip.
Excitement for the obvious reasons. Terror because I’m going solo, to a country where I don’t speak the language and will have to solve new problems that I haven’t experienced before. On an intellectual level I know I’ll be fine – I’m a smart guy who’s capable of working stuff out but as I haven’t lived the experience or anything like it before, there’s a bit of trepidation.
For those not familiar with a “mini-retirement” (it’s inspired by Tim Ferriss) let me explain:
A mini-retirement is a break from your day to day life, often to explore a new country, hobby or idea usually for a period of 1-3 months. It is in contrast to a traditional retirement in that you take many ‘mini-retirements’ throughout your life rather than deferring your adventure until you are 65.
So for the next month I will be living Beijing, China and exploring all that it has to offer. I’m taking my laptop and mobile phone and have arranged to be servicing my clients in Australia as normal, even though I’ll be 7000km away. For all intensive purposes they won’t know that I’ve gone (but I have told them).
So to whet your appetite for what I hope will be many videos of this little adventure, here is an outline of what I’m taking with me.
Click here to watch the video on Youtube:
Youtube: Mini-Retirement to Beijing, China: What I’m packing
I’ll do another post about some of the details, incase you want to copy them at a future date. Some of the more interesting things on my packing list are:
- A nifty laptop lock cable
- A “get out of jail” card
- Zip lock bags
- A tiny super absorbent towel