Taking the First Step

Planning for a year of travelling is a daunting task. The biggest issue facing most of is, without a doubt, money. How much is enough? How can I possibly save that much?  Is this even possible for me?

I’ll be honest; I’m not much of a saver. Each season the Coach store can count on me to come looking for the hot new bag. Use a winter jacket for two seasons? Nope, not me. My natural hair colour?  Not a chance! Pack a lunch for work? Actually, I did do that.  At least I did something.

My dear husband, on the other hand, did do his part. He’s playing with hockey equipment that is close to fifteen years old. He gets what’s left of his hair cut at a barber shop for a mere seven dollars. He is a good, good man. I am lucky to have him.

Coat Edit
My dog doesn’t seem to mind my jacket.

So, how have we managed to save enough for our year off?  I can thank my employer for that. My employer offers an Extended Leave program. My employer took 25% off of my paycheque for four years. When my year off begins, they will give my money back to me.

Did I miss the money? Maybe a little bit during the first two months. After that it was fine.  We lived within our new lower budget. I haven’t been living like a pauper, but there were many budget friendly choices I did have to make. Neither of us drives new expensive cars. My IPad is six years old with a giant crack in the screen. I can live with it. My husband doesn’t even have one. As for my winter jacket, I have had to bite the bullet.  It is currently enjoying its third year of use after all.

14 thoughts on “Taking the First Step

  1. I have never really used Pinterest before, but planning my 3 month adventure shortly, I have found that if you put in your destinations … other people’s blogs, travel hints, and places to see and hostels to stay at are usually very plentiful. Are you planning on staying in Hostels ? Im not the best texter but if you would like to talk on the phone I have some suggestions and would love to hear your general plan and perhaps I can help you organize it. What date are you both trying to get away for?


  2. Well, according to the dates, it looks like your adventure is about to begin. Wishing you an amazing journey as you discover new places in the world and in your own back yard. I’m guessing if you are anything like me, you will also learn a bit about yourself, find more similarities than differences in the people you meet, will become more understanding and tolerant, and grow both in knowledge and wisdom. Huge hugs and best wishes as you set out on this life altering trip. ~ Joanne

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    1. I am a teacher and I have ONE day left of classes! Unfortunately, my husband works until the end of August. Our first “real” destination is Peru. I saw in your blog that you have also been there. I will be looking through it tonight for some more trip ideas!

      Thanks so much for your kind words. I’m sure it will be amazing and eye opening.

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