Saving for the dream - travel the world & live in another country

Saving for the dream – to travel the world and live in another country

By melissawiringi | Travel

Mar 15

Saving for the dream – to travel the world and live in another country


Dream your amazing dream. Believe and have faith in it. Never give up on your amazing dream! - The Wiringi's Family Travel Blog

Dream your amazing dream. Believe and have faith in it. Never give up on your amazing dream!

As  I’m about to publish this, I had a thought. Many people will spend 12, 18 or 24 months saving their butts off to buy a house. Sometimes even longer. In the last two years, we went overseas properly twice plus two trips to New Zealand and a few small road trips. My dad says we should have bought a house. Part of me wishes to do such a thing, but I don’t know about it, I don’t like the thought of spending an unimaginable time frame stuck in one place. In Sydney I’d be signing my life away! I think it’d be misery waiting to happen. Until I know I’ve done what I need to do first! Travel.

Hopefully I’m not a complete idiot and won’t land us all broke and homeless at the end of our trip. I’m trying not to think of the what if on that side of the coin! And if worst case happens, I’ve got enough loved ones to take us in until we get set up again. Funny enough, it’s not really bothering me. I feel strongly that we are about to do the right thing!

This Sunday I feel close to my dream, although it is still some time away. We’ve set our saving goal to $30000. I grabbed this figure after reading a post by World travel family and I’m really determined to create a side income before we go. I hope this will be enough to carry us through a year, although I’m not entirely sure what we will come back to, or if we will return to Australia! It will be a leap into the unknown. I’m not afraid, I actually feel quite certain something will happen while we are away, and it will lead us somewhere new.

Lately it feels like our savings are travelling backwards instead of forwards with one thing after another popping up requiring finance! I’m staying positive, we’ve done it before, we can do it again. I have to say, this time I’ve given us a lot more time to save. It’s because the last two savings marathons were hard! I still won’t have Coffee’s every day, or even every week. Coffee and cake outings are once in a while. Eating out has been significantly reduced. We aren’t big on going out and spending much anyways, we’ve already adapted into wonderful savers. I’m not a materialistic type. I don’t do high fashion or expensive clothes. The cheaper the better and kmart will do! All these things help. However I know I’d like to have some play money to take little Australian family trips before we go!

We don’t have huge incomes. I only work 15 hours a week, I’d rather spend time with my family than work! And this job gives me an opportunity to work on this site as well as my book and other little projects. My husband is a truck driver. He works some incredible hours, and it’s important to me that he gets a year of no real work. I’ve got a background in knowledge management and communication, so if I’m lucky I’ll be able to pick up bits and pieces along the way!

While we are away I’d like to do a bit of volunteer work. I haven’t investigated this yet, so if you have suggestions, please comment or send a message!

A couple of days ago, I spent a little time day dreaming. Browsing little beach apartments all across Spain. These little moments help me grow strength in my belief that we will find the right spot. I have faith we’ll find something perfect wherever we end up, although I’m not yet sure of where we’ll end up. I probably won’t decide until we get there! It’s so far away, only just under two years. I know the time will fly by, travelling as much of Australia as we can before heading off.

It’s all very exciting. Our next trips will be Jervis Bay, and Gold Coast. I’d also like to see Sunshine Coast again. Uluru is a must do, and Broome! I also would love to squeeze in a Thailand adventure at the end of the year. I guess we’ll evaluate where our savings are mid year and if we are doing ok, we’ll do it! The list is always growing, I don’t know how we will do it all in this lifetime. But where there’s a will, there’s a way. Anyway, happy Sunday dreaming. Enjoy.

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  • samstravlog says:

    Hi there. Lately I have been having this travel itch and it’s not going away…. I really want to do this too. Need to seriously think about making some decisions. For now, i am looking forward to reading all your adventures! Good luck!

    • Melissa says:

      Oh I know the feeling! After our Europe trip in a 2013 without kids, I started to wish I had travelled more before kids, the amount of money we spent on that five weeks, well it left me thinking a world trip with kids was going to be impossible unless I won the lotto! Once I discovered world travel with kids was possible, I committed to the goal and started the plan. It’s going to be great! I will look forward to watching your adventure develop too 🙂

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