Last weekend my BF and I went to our friends wedding and it was amazing. It was the perfect romantic, rustic, garden wedding, plus we’ve known these two together for years, so it was such a beautiful experience seeing them tie the knot. At one point during the reception they showed everyone this mini video of their trip to Asia and it really stuck with me. They looked like they had so much fun and got to see so much, and I remember looking over at my BF and saying “We seriously need to go traveling.”
We’ve talked about going to Thailand and Vietnam for a while now and we just keep putting it off. First it’s because I was in school and didn’t have any money, then when I graduated I wanted to move out and just save as much money as I could to start a nest egg and not live like a broke student anymore. Well, I’ve been moved out and working full-time for about 2 1/2 years now and although we still want to go traveling, we still haven’t set any solid plans. We’re thinking of traveling for a few months after the wedding, or maybe 6 months after that. The thing is, because we’ve been putting it of for so long, I’m afraid we’ll keep delaying it and never go.
I’ve only traveled a bit when I was 18 for two months when I volunteered in The Gambia, and my BF visited Thailand for a month right when we first started dating. Besides that, the only big trips we’ve been on are to the Mayan Riviera, Portland, and Vancouver Island. We both really want to see more of the world before we eventually start a family, because as my parents have told me, once you have kids, you’ve got to put all of those travel plans on hold. Because they got married so young and had three kids, they never really got to travel until we were all adults. I don’t want that to happen to me, plus each year keeps flying by and we sure as hell aren’t getting any younger.
While I was watching the video, I couldn’t help but ask myself “Why do we keep delaying our travel plans?” We aren’t going to buy a place anytime soon so it’s not like we’re anchored down by mortgage payments or anything like that. We don’t have any kids so we don’t have that responsibility to consider. And most importantly, we can afford to go right now! That’s why we’ve been working and saving so hard these past couple years. It’s so we can actually afford to go traveling and enjoy life! Life is so short and it’s ridiculous to plan every little things so far into the future (and I’m notorious for doing that). We don’t know what will happen in a year’s time, or even 5 years, so I think we need to just put things in perspective and start our backpacking adventure sometime in the next year. I’m gonna say our deadline for going will be before December 2013. I guess I should tell my BF that this is the plan now. Meh, let’s just hope he reads this blog post.