I’m not getting any younger. Really. At 23, I have plenty of good years left, but unless I actively take steps to make my dreams happen, they’re going to stay dreams and nothing more.
While the traditional Kiwi way is to pack your bags and head abroad for an extended period without a backwards glance, knowing myself and knowing T, I think the original plan of splitting up trips – while more expensive – will be much more enjoyable for the both of us. (Plus, if we had to quit our jobs to travel for a year, any savings could well be negated if we have trouble finding new employment.)
So the current problem vexing me is: where to go for a honeymoon? (Yes. The ultimate first world problem.)
I mentioned that Greece and Italy was our first choice. But given the cost of flying halfway around the world, it seems silly not to fit in more stops. Why not make our entire Europe trip our honeymoon? Yes, there will be some backpacking and roughing it a little, but if we can end (and maybe start) with some nice lodgings, I’m okay with that.
And so, a plan. I need a plan. Plans keep me on track. Sitting down and mapping it all out makes everything feel achievable.
2012 – our 24th year
Possibly our South Island road trip. Also keen to fit in a skiing trip to Queentown.
2013 – our 25th year
- London (and maybe Ireland)
- The Netherlands
At this stage, I’m hazarding a month and $10,000. Need to research.
2014 – 26th year
US road trip, hopefully starting in Vancouver before heading down the west coast, stopping in the South, and up the east coast.
Ditto as above with time and cost.
2015 – our 27th year
Asia! Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau.
Not a clue. 3-4 weeks, possibly. This should be less expensive as flights are shorter and cheaper, and Vietnam and Thailand should help bring overall costs down.
That leaves us 2016, 2017 and 2018 till 30. In that period I’d like to save at least $50k for a down payment.
Right now, I have enough in my travel fund for a major trip. I just don’t have the leave at my new job. So the plan is to hunker down, save even more for future trips and accumulate holiday time. It hurts a bit to see the timeline pushed out, but patience is a virtue, correct?
Financially, I think this is doable; putting it in black and white – even with the roughest of estimates, number-wise – gives me something to refer to and work from going forward.