My Reasons to Travel….As Often As Possible – Number 6 – The Cost
Since we started spending some time on the road, I hear the “Cost” word a lot. That costs to much, how can you afford the cost of that, you could buy stuff with the money that cost. Surprisingly (or not) it is not as expensive as you might think it is. Yes it costs money, and yes there is definitely an expense, sometimes a large one, BUT, properly budgeted and planned, one can shave their cost and make it affordable to most. Planning off season flights and hotels can save a large amount of cash. Europe in mid- September is just as nice as mid-July, just cheaper and less crowded. All tourist areas have high seasons, shop for low seasons and save cash. If you are flexible in when you go, you can also save on flights by waiting on sales. Once there, you don’t have to stay in 4 star accommodations, look for B&B’s and save on breakfast. Pick a base city and save on accommodations with a weekly rate. Buy lunch and a bottle of wine in a supermarket and eat in a park instead of a restaurant. Take the slow train instead of the fast train. Shop the net and look for deals. It can be done cheaper with a bit of work at the front end.
Having said all of this, there is one thing I usually leave as my last word. How can you afford not to. If you have a roof over your head, secure employment and a retirement plan that is laid out, you likely have extra cash that can be used to travel. There is nothing, and I mean nothing, more enlightening, educational and damn satisfying as actually seeing and touching things that have fascinated me during my life. Close your eyes and imagine those places, then wake up and start working on a plan. Don’t leave it until it is to late. Travel will change you in many ways. You will become much more savvy as you learn to navigate strange places. You will always have something to talk about. You will understand how things work in different places. Your confidence in a variety of situations will increase. You will begin to enjoy the feeling of being secure while completely outside of your comfort zone. There is no way to put a price on these experiences, ergo the cost is cheap.
With this diatribe, I end this series of posts. Lori and I are embarking on a new adventure, a fairly leisurely trip into the wonders of fall in Eastern Canada and perhaps into New Hampshire and Vermont. We will keep you posted. Please enjoy some of my favourite photos.
A ski trip to Mt. Panorama. The group on top of the mountain.
A cottage in the English countryside where we spent a week or so. It was a 17th century stable. The main house was Elizabethan.
The House Opposite ….. the bar.
A living, breathing postcard. Absolutely beautiful.