Traveling… at home

I love to travel. Traveling with kids, however, is more difficult and more expensive. In the past, we’ve taken our three kids away on vacation. They enjoy the novelty of traveling by plane, but what they really enjoy is the opportunity to go new places, to try new things and to get their parents’ undivided attention. All those things are possible right here at home.

Last weekend, I took the kids downtown for the International Children’s Festival. We hardly ever go downtown, so this was a chance to explore a new place. Better yet, there were activities to try that were specifically geared to the kids. As an added bonus, we all spent some time away from the computer screen.

Over the summer, I plan to do more travel in our own backyard. Spending less time traveling to a destination means we can have more short trips. It also means spending less money on transportation and lodging. As an example, we’re planning a road trip through the nearby mountains, with some camping. Because there’s no cost for air travel, we’ll spend more to stay in a bed and breakfast and make the trip more comfortable than if we were to camp every night.

In my mind, saving money is a great benefit. There’s also the benefit of being able to travel more often, since its something we love to do. I can foresee the day when we decide to travel more often and choose to sell our house and buy something smaller, since we’ll spend most of our time outside of it. When we do that, we’ll also need to sell much of the stuff we’ve accumulated. This might help to find our travel, but is more likely to help us ensure that we spend money only on stuff that is necessary and useful.

How do you engage in meaningful activities for less money? Is there something that you’d like to do full time in retirement?

6 thoughts on “Traveling… at home”

  1. I think just simply spending time with kids is what they are really looking for. You can simply go to the park, fly a kite, throw a football around, shoot some hoops or just talk. Many times the best things in life are free!

  2. And they are the most rewarding too.

    Meaningful activities. hahaha… last weekend I made a slip and slide in the back yard for my daughter and the neighbour kids. They loved it and were still talking about it this weekend. I had some old plastic, and some tent pegs and dish soap with a hose and voila a home made slip and slide.

    I would like to take karate lessons when I retire. I am hoping to start this sooner however, but am finding that I would like to take the time to learn more about it, and become more fit.

    So the question is, if there is something you want to do when you retire, what is holding you back now from starting now, and why is it going to change in retirement?

  3. On the topic of kids and summer, after one too many rained out camping trips, my parents finally came to the brilliant conclusion that it’d be way more fun and relaxing for all involved to just hang out around the city. Best decision ever. After that the farthest we went was a day trip to a lake about an hour away or across the city to West Edmonton Mall. Mostly we just went to local parks and hung out. Everyone was happier and I’m sure it cost less.

    @Lambert Cook – you should really start karate NOW. I trained in karate for over 6 years and it was the best thing I’ve ever done, apart from getting married. Life changing for me. If you find the right dojo, you’ll just get fitter as you progress. They shouldn’t expect you to have any particular level of fitness when you start. For learning, try Youtube videos – go way to get a look at the different styles, as ‘karate’ encompasses a lot of different methods. Though most people are limited of course by what types you have in your location.

  4. In retirement I would like to wake up when I want to. I would have slept in a while longer today but I must go to work or I won’t get paid.

    I don’t have much money saved and I am won’t have much by the time I retire so little things, like controlling my own sleep/wake patterns, will be a big part of my enjoyment.

  5. @ Kestra – I did it for about 6 months back about 15 years ago, until my girlfriend at the time was fooling around with the instructor, then I quit it all together.

    It all comes down to time. That is what I am finding with life, is that you can replace a lot of things, but you cannot replace time. with CGA courses done, I have a lot more time then I used to, but I am filling it with meaningful things at the moment.

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