I don’t know if it’s because many blogs (even personal finance blogs!) include traveling, or because after 6 years of schooling I finally have the spare money and time to go on a trip, but I have been thinking a lot about traveling lately. It could also be the fact I live in a teeny tiny beach town with nothing exciting over the winter. I’ve got roughly $250 in my travel fund right now, which is small change but I won’t be going away until next year anyway, so I’ve got some time to save. I think a portion of any extra money I end up with will go into my travel fund since it is something I have been neglecting for forever. The last time I flew somewhere was the day after my 19th birthday, six and a half years ago !
I have been thinking a lot about where I want to go, and there are so many options it’s overwhelming. Here are a few I have picked out :
I have been obsessed with Scotland since I was young. My background is Scottish and I’ve always felt very drawn to the place. It looks absolutely beautiful and the people there speak English, so it would be easier to communicate. I think it would be a pretty relaxed trip, I could go tour the countryside and old castles and such, and just take in the atmosphere of the place.
I blame this place on the movie “The Beach”. I watched it many years ago and have never forgotten how beautiful the place was. Once I found out where they filmed (Thailand, obviously) I just felt this need to go there. I’d like to do this one while I’m younger rather than older, and I’ve heard once you get to Thailand, everything is pretty cheap, so it seems do-able in the next few years.
Another place I’ve been completely obsessed with since childhood. Maybe I watched too many Indiana Jones movies, or it was the King Tutankhamun exhibit I went to as a child, but I really want to go and see the pyramids. The one thing that I’m worried about is the bugs. I am extremely scared of small, Canada-sized bugs and don’t know what I would do dealing with giant, scary, Egypt-sized bugs. Have you heard of Camel Spiders? If you’d like to have nightmares tonight, Google it.
I’d like to do a Euro-tour. Italy, specifically, with a little Switzerland (boyfriend’s mom and family is from there) and France (just seems beautiful and full of history). This may not come until my later years because I think I want to do other ones first, but I am in love with the thought of going to see things that are hundreds and sometimes thousands of years old with so much history in them.
The issue with these trips is they will be expensive. It is going to take me a long time to save up for any of them, but even if I did one every few years I think I’d still be happy with that ! I also am toying with the idea of traveling in Canada; it would cost less and allow more frequent trips. I’d like to go out to the West coast and the East coast eventually. In Ontario we have a beautiful wine region, and I’ve thought about just driving for a weekend trip with my boyfriend to a cute bed and breakfast or some type of little getaway.
Do you save up to go on big trips in faraway countries, or do you prefer to stick closer to home and get away a little more often?