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.
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.