I would rather take one amazing, life changing trip every 10 years then smaller, cheaper vacations for the nine previous years. Some people have the itch to get away all the time but I don’t. I’m a homebody and have no problem exploring our own little corner of the world. I enjoy simple things in life such as camping and mini road trips.
That doesn’t mean we don’t enjoy vacations though. When we get away, like really away, we want to go all-out. For our honeymoon we went to Germany and France for almost two weeks and it was amazing. Needless to say, we’re in no position to do anything like that now. I’m talking taking ten days to three weeks off work, kind of vacation. One we talk about for years and years to come.
Our current position in life, not just financial, doesn’t allow us to drop everything for a long duration of time and get away. For example we want to take our next big trip with our daughter but want her to be old enough to really understand what we’re doing and have more independence. I’m not interested in spending money for a four year old to follow her parents around for a few weeks, I want her to be able to appreciate and explore as well.
Realistically, given everything, especially finances, we’re five to six years away from taking our next big family trip but that doesn’t mean we’re not actively making plans. We haven’t decided indefinitely where or when we’ll go but we’re not letting the fact that we still have debt stop us from dreaming of where we will be in five years.
Planning a trip we really want, but can’t yet afford, gives us drive.
Obviously we want to get out of debt. While we’re not seeking early retirement or to be millionaires in our forties, we want to experience life beyond debt and we need to establish a plan for what kind of life we want to have, for us this includes travel. Though I’ve sort of given up on creating defined goals, our overall goal of debt freedom hasn’t gone away and the reasons why we want to get out of debt have never changed.
For us, we may not have many exact plans beyond whats on meal plan for tomorrow or how much money we’ll have to put towards debt on payday, but one thing is for sure, our debt isn’t going to deter our dreams of travel, if anything they will enforce our desire to travel and push up to reach other goals faster.
What motivates you to reach your goals?