I really did.
I tried to stay away from travelling and focus entirely on debt repayment instead. My trip to South America got cancelled due to some unforeseen circumstances (maybe, just maybe, it is not such a good idea to be buying plane tickets eight months ahead of travel after all?) and I seriously considered forgetting about travelling until at least summer time.
Easier said than done.
It is not a secret that I love to travel. There is nothing in the world I’d rather be doing. Well… almost nothing 😉
I was seriously considering giving my birthday trip to Istanbul a miss and throwing that money on my debt instead. I had been thinking about it over and over again until I was finally so exhausted I had to give up. I realised I would give up shopping, eating out, going to the cinema any minute and spend this money on a trip somewhere exciting instead.
Which is exactly what I am doing.
Well… I don’t actually have to give up food to be able to afford my trip to Venice. But what I mean is that I am willing to give up less important things to me, like takeout food, cinema, clothes to name but a few, and focus on what is really important to me – travelling. It’s all about perspective.
When my friend called a couple of days ago and asked if I wanted to go to Venice for the last weekend of the Carnival, I did not hesitate for a second. I yelled “yes” without thinking twice, and I meant it. Last year’s trip to Venice was one of the highlights of my 2013 and I would do it all over again.
So there, I am off to Venice at the end of the month for three days and two nights, right after my trip to Istanbul. We are attending a ball on a Saturday night to celebrate the Carnival and we are dressing up in proper carnival costumes this time around.
This trip is not going to be cheap, but I am doing everything I can to make it as affordable as possible. I am doing my best to slash my spending this month by half. Back to the old days of my spending crash diet. I could do it then, I can do it now.
I would not give up something that I really enjoy for the sake of paying off debt one month earlier. I’m still on track with my goal of paying off at least £6k of my debt this year. It’s not a secret that I am aiming to pay off the rest of my debt by December 2014 and I will do my best. But I will not sacrifice the one thing that I love the most. This is what I have realised after 8 months of living a very frugal lifestyle. I can give up anything but travel and I accept it. As long as I am on track with my other goal – paying off debt.