I'm calling this year my year of living a spartan life. Spartan as in frugal and simple, not the ancient Greek warriors. Spending on non-essentials will almost cease (I have a monthly Girls' Night Out that I go to for dinner and drink). If I can't get a book from the library, I won't be reading it. There will be no more DVD's or boxed sets (sigh, Oz seasons 3 and 5 will have to wait). As for trips to the cinema? It's going to have to be a film I'm desperate to see before I go and even then, I'd prefer to have coupons or a gift card. Clothes? Well, I don't buy much in the way of clothes on a regular basis as it is so that's not an issue. Eating out will be scaled back to almost nothing which will make my dietician ecstatic. My goal is to save as much money as humanly possible.
The trip I have in mind is going to be quite a bit more expensive than the London trip so I won't be going until 2012 or, more likely 2013 which would coincided nicely with my 40th birthday. I'm hoping I can time it so that I'm actually away on vacation on my birthday which means, as you know, travelling in January. Haven't settled for sure on a trip as of yet but I'm down to three: a climb up Mount Kilimanjaro, sailing the south Pacific on the Soren Larsen, or visit to the land of the Pharoahs. I have an idea of which I'd like to do but no firm plans as of yet.
I'd love to do all three...wouldn't it be lovely to win the lottery and be able to travel at will? Sadly, that would mean spending money on tickets which, in accordance with my plan above, does not meet the requirement of "necessary" expenses. I will never be as well-travelled as many of my friends and family - I've left it far too late in life and, well, I'd like to be able to retire some day. However, I can honestly say that I have been to 4 different countries in my lifetime. And, in a couple of years, I'll be able to add another one or two.
What's your dream vacation?