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?