Every year, one (or more) of my friends will ask, "Where are you going THIS time?" and I've been asked on more than one occasion how I manage to do this on an educator's salary.
|This was our very first international trip together - 1999 - halfway up the Eiffel Tower|
Eating out? I won't say we never do, but we have found some great, tasty recipes in budget meal cookbooks and magazines and cook most of our meals at home. I love it when Rob sits down to a meal I've prepared and says, "This is better than anything we could get in a restaurant!" We have also saved by eating vegetarian about three times a week. (Really! Try it! You'll like it! You just need to explore and try out the right recipes!)
Do we feel that we miss out on anything? No! Sure, it would be fun to drive around in a cute little convertible, but I'd rather bounce along in a jeep following a cheetah chasing down its meal. It would be great to eat out every week, but we will save the special dinners for a balcony overlooking the Bay of Naples.
For a look at a couple who have taken their love of traveling to the ultimate, check out Betsy and Warren Talbot's blog, "Married With Luggage." www.marriedwithluggage.com A few years ago, they saved every possible penny, sold everything, and set out on a five year journey around the world. Betsy's book, "Dream, Save, Do" lays out a strategy for reaching any dream you might have. http://www.marriedwithluggage.com/dream-save-do/
Maybe your dream is to travel. Maybe you have a completely different dream. But whatever it is, I believe that by setting your goal and making it your priority, you can achieve almost anything!