I recently returned from 8 days on the road with my boyfriend. We started deep in the heart of Texas, wound our way up to Utah, then over to Denver, CO, and eventually made it back to Texas. It was a lot of driving, a lot of time together, and a lot of fun! The thing it wasn’t? A lot of money.
Traveling is one of the greatest things a person can do for themselves, in my humble opinion. A trip to lands yet unknown? Oh the foods to eat, the sights to see! Travel enriches the soul and broadens the mind. It awakens ideas and understanding in people that heretofore had lain dormant.
It can also get prohibitively expensive. Especially for low earners out there (like myself) or people who may have special circumstances attached to their journey.
I am proud to sit here and say (or type I guess) that I am debt free. I don’t owe nothing to no one! It’s a little strange though, because for the last four years, and very definitely the last ten months, my whole life has revolved around being in debt.
Since I graduated college and my loans kicked in, student loan debt has hung around my neck like a weight. I felt like I would never be free. But after a lot of lifestyle changes, a lot of eating leftovers, and a lot of weekend nights spent at home and not out, I have released that weight. I’m free!
But what’s next? What comes after debt?
Traveling is widely cited as one of the best decisions people ever make. From road trips during college to a year in Europe to teaching English abroad, people love going elsewhere. Why not? We live on a stunning planet and people over the centuries have formed incredible cultures. All over the world are different foods to be eaten, dances to watch, natural beauty to take in, and customs to learn.
Traveling is a way to learn about new people, see new places, and try new things. It’s one of life’s most wonderful experiences. It can also be one of life’s most expensive – so much so that some people avoid it. If you’re interested in traveling, we can get you to some pretty stellar places for some pretty low prices.
The travel bug seems to have made its way around – everywhere you look, members of Gen Y are talking about wanderlust, traveling for months (or years), and wanting to embark on an epic journey.
What gives? If you’re like me, maybe you haven’t really thought of traveling. Maybe it’s because you never traveled when you were younger, or maybe it’s because you thought it was out of your budget.