Resisting travel temptations: Self control and keeping my eye on the goal

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Sometimes I forget that other people have weekends off, much less that they share days off with their partner. That weekend trips are an option. Jaunts to other cities, or heck, over the ditch. With so many great deals to Australia of late, it’s a bloody good thing T has stocktake coming up, or I just might have booked us a Gold Coast getaway.

But I have to remember my big goals. Remember the big travel plans we’re saving for, for a start.

Yes, Aussie destinations are CHEAP, and can be done in a relatively short span of time – and, most importantly can be done when we’re older. Now is the time to focus on saving like a maniac while we have cheap rent, no mortgage, and are still young enough to stomach the idea of a month-long road trip or backpacking around Europe.

So. Instead, I have updated my travel bucket list (only for the millionth time!) and I am adding a progress bar to my sidebar to track my travel fund. Eyes on the prize!

6 thoughts on “Resisting travel temptations: Self control and keeping my eye on the goal

  • Reply Tracey April 29, 2011 at 10:03

    Backpacking around Europe will be so much more rewarding than a weekend in Aussie. You could make a collage or a dream board and put that somewhere you see everyday (like your fridge or in your office) to remind you of what you’re saving and working for.

  • Reply Investing Newbie April 30, 2011 at 02:14

    That sounds amazing! I agree, stick the big plan. The payoff will be so much more rewarding.

    That’s pretty much what I’m doing with living at home, instead of renting my own place. Thinking of the bigger picture. That I can save lots of money and one day, be able to live in the place of my dreams, and not just one I can afford.

  • Reply Emily Jane April 30, 2011 at 09:17

    This is the bitter pill we’re swallowing lately too – big trips are amazing, but we have SO much time, and we’ll only ever get there if we’re a little sensible now…

  • Reply The Asian Pear April 30, 2011 at 17:37

    The short trips are fun but the big picture is where it’s at for sure. Once you’re settled with a mortgage and kids, you won’t be able to go that far. So save now and go as soon as possible. 🙂

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