|Sunset on Quadra Island July 2014|
Although I enjoy relaxing at home I love travelling even more. There are funds that were originally saved for our cancelled trip to Mexico that have been percolating in the travel account - plus I keep adding more to it.
In the plans this year:
-at least 3 day trip to Tofino (taking dog with us)
-return to Taku resort on Quadra Island (taking dog with us)
-one out of country trip TBA (Greece? France? Ecuador? Nicaragua? all possibilities - but must be paid for with cash saved)
We have also made another lifestyle change - bought a truck! We paid cash and bought a 10 year old truck so we can - buy kayaks! Yes, the money is quickly exiting the building but as we have no financial obligations other than a small amount of money to kid#4 who just moved out on her own until she is 18 or finishes highschool - it is financial freedom time. No mortgage, no car payments, no paying interest to anyone. This does not mean we are spending frivolously though. When we dreamed of moving to Vancouver Island several years ago the dream always involved a truck, kayaks and a dog. We now have two of the three and we are working on the kayaks in a couple of months.
Yes, we are still on a budget living within our means. We just have a little more means and less bills. At some point it does pay to be frugal your whole life - freedom to do what you want when you want how you want!