Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The Travel Fund Grows
This picture was taken July 2011 on our trip to Costa Rica. We had rented a jeep and were aimlessly exploring and decided to stop for a burger on the side of the road. While we were eating at the picnic table I spotted something in the trees beside the Hamburger stand. There were three small monkeys foraging for lunch. I snuck up with my brand new Rebel T3i camera and started taking pictures. Hubby came over and we stood there for 20 minutes just observing them, one of the most memorable unplanned moments of the trip. I took over 1000 pictures that trip. I spent good money on that camera and have taken at least 1000 more pictures since. We only spent about $30 in souvenirs which tells you where our priorities lay - in the experience.
I love traveling. It is my thing. I am at my happiest visiting new cultures and experiencing new places. For ten years I was a travel agent for Thomas Cook Canada managing a travel agency. I left that business only because the business itself changed to where it became difficult to make a living. I still have an extreme love for travel.
We haven't traveled much since our trip to Costa Rica as spent most of the time concentrating on our downsize and move. Now all of that is done we are saving for the next big trip as I don't believe in taking vacations on credit.
I just received a large income tax refund of $1630 so $1480 of that has gone into the travel fund, and $150 has gone into the sealed pot for Christmas 2013. We are traveling by ferry and car to Oregon for a family wedding in September but will mostly be visiting with American family and will only be gone for five days. Funds for that trip have already been saved. This new money is the start of saving for our next International adventure. Where are we going? I prefer to leave that up in the air right now as have found that our money goes further when we take travel specials that only generally come up within three months of travel. This trip will either take place early December 2013 or Spring/Summer 2014 depending on how busy our business is and how much money we can save before the trip.
Possible options are Europe, South America, Central America or the Caribbean. My preference is to go to a country that neither of us have been.
I spent 13 hours yesterday working at our Provincial Election to put additional money into the travel fund and Christmas fund. It was an extremely long and tiring day but so worth it when I know what the end result will be.
What are you saving for?