husband and I have always known that travel would be a part of our lives, even
once we had kids. Many people wonder how we can afford it. The simple answer is
thatit's important to us,
so we budget for it the way others budget for a new car or a flat screen TV. If
you live a moderately comfortable life, travel is possible for you, too, even
if you think you can't afford it. I know not everyone truly can afford to travel, but many who say they can't really can. Perhaps they can't travel to China, but they can enjoy more modest trips. And many people who take trips to Disney World with their families spend far more on their vacations than we do. It's simply a matter determining your
own one TV and it's an OLD one with a tube. Our cable plan basically provides
TV reception (you know, the cheap plan that costs about $10 per month). Our two
cars are 5 years old. We bought one new back in 2007 but we bought the other used. Our cellphones
are just phones. Not fancy phones with a data plan. Those things just aren't
important to us. But travel...now there's something we really care about.
isn't to say you need to forgo cable or a new car or a fancy phone. But if
you are a regular reader of this blog, you’re either interested in exploring
nature with children or learning about other cultures, so travel may be
important to you too.
wish you could travel, maybe it's time to talk with your family about your
priorities. I've had many people say something like, "I wish I could take
a trip like that." So consider this...Is taking a trip important to you?
To your spouse or partner? To your kids? Often, you really can afford to plan a
trip with some changes in your spending.
you've heard it all before- cut the $5.00 latte from your daily purchases, pack
a lunch instead of going out, carry a refillable water bottle instead of buying
water. The list of ways to save money is endless. But, the truth is...you see
those lists over and over again because they're true. Most of us can cut some
daily expenses if we determine we'd like to use our money for a different
purpose. The key is to decide what you want and go after it.
decide to travel, the location you choose will have a big impact on your costs.
For example, traveling to Italy in the summer will cost you a small fortune in
air fare. We had planned to go to Italy last summer but changed plans when the
budget didn’t allow it and went to Mount Desert Island in Maine. Our only real expenses were the cost of renting a cottage and gas for the drive up. Other
than that, we cooked most meals at the cottage, so we had limited meal
expenses. All of our outdoor recreation was free except for the cost of an
inexpensive park pass for Acadia National Park. We could have spent even less money if we had chosen to camp.
is a topic that interests you, I highly recommend you read Alexis Grant's blog,
The Traveling Writer. She backpacked solo through Africa and blogged about the
experience. Recently she's been blogging about how to "Take a Leap"
and go after your dreams. If you dream of travel, Lexi has some great advice to
offer. While most of her recent advice is for folks wanting to take a
professional leap and become a solopreneur, her ideas work for travel, too.
(You can also search her archives for posts more specifically about travel).
Blogger Elizabeth J. Bird over
at L’appel du Vide has also been offering money saving tips for travelers
lately. And, if you’re a really adventurous traveler, check out Rolf Potts’ Vagablogging (author of Vagabonding). If you're interested in longer-term trips, he's the guy to read. You can spend less money traveling than you will living in the US for the same period of time if you're flexible and adventurous.
How have you budgeted for travel? Do you have any
money saving tips for travelers?
This weekend, my husband and I went to see Beautiful (the Carol King story) at The Boston Opera House.
It was a cold night, and we planned to walk to dinner and then back to the theater, so I opted to wear this gorgeous cape made by my mom. I don’t wear it often, but it seemed like the perfect opportunity.
Mom made this cape for me at my request many years ago. The inspiration: the cape Tim Curry wore when he played Cardinal Richelieu in The Three Musketeers. Sure, he was a bad guy, but his cape was fabulous. I mean, no-one could make an exit like the Cardinal when he whipped that cape around.
We had a wonderful night—delicious dinner, gorgeous theater, and inspiring show. My mom used to play Carol King when I was growing up, but I didn’t know her story.
I was in nearby New Bedford, MA with my kids yesterday for their music lessons. Normally, I go upstairs with them in this wonderful old factory that has been converted to studio spaces, but yesterday was sunny and nearly 60 F (15.5 C) so I opted to stay outside in the sun. Eventually I decided to lie down and this is what I saw. It immediately made me think of Dublin.
I realized that I don’t look at the sky here as much as I did in Dublin. I always watched the rushing clouds and the changing color of the sky. If you’ve been following me long enough, you probably remember the many sky photos I posted.
Why don’t I do that here? I think it’s because the sky is a piece of nature I could always see, no matter where I was in Dublin. I could be surrounded by buildings and look up. Here in Southeast Massachusetts, I’m surrounded by nature. Somehow that has translated to me not looking up as much. I should change that.
When is told my family about this over dinner they all knew what I was talking about before I had even explained it. My daughter commented that we were always looking at the sky between the buildings at Clancy Quay (where we lived). It’s funny how this all became clear to me because I looked up yesterday.
Also, I miss Dublin.
#nature #rurallife #citylife
The weather was spectacular today. After school, my daughter and I took a hike in the woods and had fun taking photos with the setting sun. That’s me in the first photo. I balance-beamed out to the end of that fallen tree. (The ice was not safe). #nofilter #playoutside #nature
From Thursday to Sunday, I was at a writing retreat in Vermont. I find being among other book creators so inspiring that I often lose track of time and forget to go outside. Either I’m engaged in meaningful conversations about books or off on my own writing.
Today, between appointments and other commitments, I claimed a much-needed hour outside to hike, write, and reflect on my weekend.
#amwriting #nofilter #latergram
Just finished Finding Langston by @lclineransome Started bf bed last night. Had to finish this morning. Don’t be fooled by it’s slimness. It packs a whole lot of love and pain and beauty into 104 pages. Passing it to my daughter to read. #KidLit
Bog views from my walk today. #RochesterLife #nature
Went to see @katwrightkatwright @narrowscenter last night. Great show and excellent venue. Added bonus: I got to see @painternik9 show again. It’s a bit surreal to attend a concert and see illustrations from our book hanging in the gallery just outside the concert room. #FlyingDeep #livemusic
It was 20 degrees below zero F with the wind chill in New Hampshire yesterday. That didn’t stop my friend and I from taking a walk or our kids from going sledding and cross country skiing. One friend even snowshoed most of the way up Tenney Mountain. We were all fine once we bundled up. The sleds didn’t fare as well, though.
I’d like to say it’s much warmer back here in southeastern Massachusetts, but it isn’t. Brrrr. (That’s me in the purple coat, by the way).
Want to learn an instrument in the New Year? My son @dantecusolito is accepting students for guitar, ukulele, and bass. He teaches ages 5 through adult. All lessons happen at 88 Hatch St. (Hatch Street Studios) in New Bedford, MA. Please share this with anyone you know who might be interested.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. @southcoastlessons
It’s not all airplanes all the time over here. Sometimes @dantecusolito takes a break from building planes to build a ski bike.
Now if we would only get some snow...