A Year of Living the Spartan Life

Sunday, May 02, 2010
Why do I get this overwhelming urge to travel in the springtime? Yes, the bug has bitten me once again. However, since I'm still paying off my student loan and a couple of other bills, I won't be boarding a plane, train, or driving an automobile anytime soon. But I'm not one to just roll over and give up so I formed a plan. There will NOT be another 18 years between my last vacation (London) and this new one, as there was with my first (California) and last year's UK trip.

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?


Wandering Coyote said...

I have a friend married to a foreign service worker, and they're being posted in Ghana in the next couple of months. I'd love to go and visit them there.

As for other dream vacations: camping around New Zealand is top of my list, as is a journey along the Silk Road.

tweetey30 said...

Our dream vacation is to go to Africa and do a African Safari and visit my friend in Uganda.. I have never been out of the states for more than few hours when we used to to play bingo across the border back home in MN..

Milla said...

I would LOVE to travel to Greenland. It has been my dream since I was a child, since I was in elementary school. It is incredibly expensive to travel there -I imagined it would take about £1,500 but I didn't expect it would almost be DOUBLE that to spend 10 days there.

I'd love to do along train journey as well: the Venice-Istanbul or Trans-Siberian/Trans-Mongolain...something like that.

sp said...

I've been living a lean life lately as well. We've been saving for our trip to Montreal and N.B. I enjoy visiting both, but it's not my dream vacation.
My dream vacation is to go to Paris and the south of France with db (he use to live there so I'd want to see his old haunts), then to Italy to see the places I haven't seen yet. While in that neck of the woods, I'd go to Tunisia, and perhaps a final stop in Istanbul.

I'll need about 3 months. I don't know if I can leave the cats for that long!

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