I made it happen. One of my goals this year was to finally go on a real honeymoon with Eric. It honestly didn’t look like it was going to happen, but I was determined. And I made it happen.
I know what you’re all thinking. How the heck can you afford a vacation when you’re barely making ends meet?
And I’m here to tell you, It’s because I’m barely making ends meet that I can afford a vacation. We’re barely spending any money on extras. All our funds are going to needs, not wants. I know some people prefer spending money on clothes, or mani-pedis, or small indulgences, and while I do miss those things (like, so much)–for right now, I am okay with forgoing all of that with the knowledge that by the end of this year, I will finally be on a honeymoon, more than a year and a half since we got married!
Let’s take a look at our current budget as a one-income family:
So far this month, we’ve only spent half of our “Extra” money. By continuously making a conscious effort to live as frugally as possible, we’ll be making my dream to go on a vaacation a reality.
I know there are people out there who subscribe to the Dave Ramsey mantra of you shouldn’t be able to enjoy life until you pay off all your debt, and I’m just not one of them. People have different priorities. We continue to pay our car payment, my student loans, and Eric’s schooling. Could we use the money that we’ll be spending on our vacation to pay off our debt faster? Yes, of course.
But we will never be able to regain this time. There are so many places and things I want to do before we have kids. If I keep waiting until we pay off our debt to finally go on vacation, it will be time to start popping out kids, and then all your money goes to them, and there’s always someone or something else that takes your priority. That’s the thing with vacations, unless you make them a priority–it’s so easy to just never take one. Because it’s an indulgence, something you don’t need.
But I love traveling. Like love it. Every time I have a friend that moves somewhere new, I always make it a point to go and visit, because then you have a free place to stay! So far I’ve been to England, Italy, Australia, the Bahamas, Cabo, Hawaii, and I have no plans to stop traveling now just because I’m poor. I really wish I had a friend moving to New Zealand. I always dreamed of visiting the amazing islands and hope it will be our next destination. Plus, I have already looked it up and I have found Auckland airline tickets at a really affordable price. But who knows, maybe this time we might have enough savings for a road trip just the two of us. ’Cause you know, money, psh – such a trivial thing, really. (I kid, I kid).
The point is–we could be living slightly more comfortable right now if we weren’t planning on going on vacation. But since we’re making tons of sacrifices anyway, in the grand scheme of things, what’s a few more to be able to afford a honeymoon?
It’s the light at the end of the tunnel. It makes saying “Oh no I can’t buy those shoes because we’re going to Costa Rica in December.”
YES! Our flights are booked and we’re going for 8 full days to Costa Rica!! More details to come…
Do you make sacrifices to go on vacation? Do you make traveling a priority? Do you agree with my reasoning for taking a vacation, or do you think we should be contributing toward our debt instead?