When I was young, I remember anytime travel was brought up I would brush the idea to the side and think, why would I travel I already live in the most beautiful place in the world. Spoken like someone who has barely traveled, "right"? The "world's most beautiful place" is a quote that absolutely cannot be verified and after a decent amount of travel I believe that every destination has it's own beauty and somebody, somewhere considers that very place, the most beautiful in the world. This beautiful place I'm referring to is The Okanagan Valley. Located in British Columbia and containing Canada's only desert region, makes this a very unique place.
My lovely wife Venus is from The Philippines so naturally I have had the chance to travel there three times. Travelling The Philippines was a major spark to the fire that travel created within me. The term "travel bug" is a real medical issue and I was bit right on the arse and I think my wife may have contracted it through saliva. My first trip as an adult was to Oahu, Hawaii and I've been hooked ever since .
The fact is, whether you would like to travel or not, this existence as we know it is finite and time remains the only thing that cannot be bought. So get out there and enjoy what the world has to offer and let your experiences build you as a person, but most importantly have fun.
That seems to be an easy question to answer, but yet many people I know don't travel at all. It appears that life gets in the way in most cases. Bills and debt stack up and before you know it children arrive and then it's "we'll travel later, when we're retired." Let me say now that there is nothing wrong with settling down and enjoying family life and all that comes along with it, it's in our DNA after all. Some really motivated people will be able to do both and with enough hard work, budgeting and planning they can bring the whole family along. In our case, we are what are called D.I.N.K.S. I know it's a funny abbreviation and I hadn't heard of this until couple of years ago, then a friend called me and Venus a couple of "dinks." I was like "how dare you!" She said "no silly, it means double income no kids!" At that moment it hit me and I realized that we had the opportunity to take full advantage of our situation. We knew we were unable to have kids because of medical issues, so why not turn this unlucky roll of the dice into a positive and find happiness through experiences and traveling. Traveling has given us a better outlook on life and brought the reality of the world to the forefront of our minds. The money that would've been spent on frivolous items was spent on memories that last forever. With all that being said I do stress the importance of thinking about the future and planning and investing for retirement. We both have good paying full time jobs and have not yet had the luxury of quitting work and traveling full time, but with some careful calculated moves, we hope to get there one day.
We were once normal people and had owned our very own apartment, but were on track to being in a heap of debt. Bad decision after bad decision left us sinking deeper and feeling overwhelmed. One day the opportunity came to be able to construct our very own cabin(Tiny House Living Blog) on a family members land, so we sold our apartment and proceeded to build that cabin. The cheap rental of the land and the fact that I build them for a living has allowed us to free up income and dig ourselves out of debt. We are currently using a budgeting software called Everydollar, it works great and allows you to track your money very easily. We allow ourselves an allowance of $250 a month each to spend on whatever we please. We make sure to save a good portion of our money for retirement, which we invest in stocks and ETFs as well as RRSPs. We live modestly and share one car between the two of us, which can be an annoyance at times, but we make it work. We do plan on purchasing real estate one day, but will approach it with more intelligence this time around.