Travel Now While You’re Young, or Save and Travel Later?
Have you seen this quote circulating the internet? I’ve seen quite a few people post it on Facebook and I have mixed feelings about it. On one hand, I love it because I love to travel and I’d much rather spend money on traveling than crap that will clutter up my house. On the other hand, I don’t agree with it because I don’t believe in spending money you don’t have or going into debt just to take a vacation. We’ve been kicking around the idea of traveling to Colorado for a week to visit family but the logistics and money issue has been making us hesitant. We want to be responsible but I also don’t want to regret our choices later. Here are some of the things we’ve been taking into consideration:
Money has been tight because we’re a one modest income family. Every day I wake up thankful for what we have: a roof over our heads, food in our fridge and pantry, health insurance, good health, happiness, family, etc. However, each month we don’t have hundreds of dollars left over. We’re totally fine with that and don’t feel deprived at all. We feel like we live really well for what our income is! The only downfall is that there really isn’t extra money to pay for the three of us to fly to Colorado, and driving 17 hours (not including stops) with a three year old does not sound like something I’m up for. I could totally be wrong, but just the thought of it makes me feel a little loony. I’ve done the drive quite a few times without a child, and I know how badly I want to escape that car after I’ve been in it for a few hours!
The thing that I worry about is regretting not going. Family won’t be around forever, and Penny hasn’t seen her one set of grandparents in a year. That really makes me sad. I feel like spending time with family is very valuable and don’t want our lack of money to overrule that. However, taking money out of savings or going into debt just doesn’t seem like a good solution to our problem. We should be saving for Christmas, for when Mr. Money’s paychecks don’t have overtime, etc. There are many things we should be saving for and pulling money out of our emergency fund for a non-emergency just doesn’t sound sensible.
I know that a lot of the time I personally overanalyze things and worry too much about whatever so I’m afraid my judgement is clouded on this one. I guess one good thing is that both Mr. Money’s mother and father plan on making trips to see us within the next 3-4 months so that will be nice! It would be easier for us to all go out to Colorado so all of the family members could see us, but I guess we have to make sacrifices!
What is your opinion- do you think you should travel while young and just not even consider the money, or should you save and travel later?