Purging all our belongings is proving to be much more of a daunting task than we expected. This blog seems so materialistic - we are hoping to completely change that tone once we start traveling - so please bear with us. At the end of our recent yard sale, I felt like we had as many things as we started with. Despite the fact that we had made a decent amount of money, we took a lot of 'stuff' back in.
Where did these things come from? I am cursing myself for all of the unnecessary purchases I have made over the years. I am making a vow to myself, when we return, I will not buy that shirt because it's on sale (and never wear it) or that 'too-big' skirt that I can alter (I can't sew) or anything that I don't absolutely need. We'll see how that goes.
Alex and I have set aside some funds so that we are able to buy a house when we are done traveling. We'll have a fairly strict budget while we're on the road so there will not be any frivolous spending and we will definitely not be using any of our savings, RRSPs (kind of like a 401k, for you Americans) or the money allocated for the future house. We admire some travelers who have posted detailed expense spreadsheets on their websites and aspire to have the same sort of commitment.
Although, like many girls, I find pleasure in a pretty dress, it really feels great to be taking a break from the 'work and spend' cycle. I do realize that most of the places that we will be visiting will be industrial nations and capitalist societies and that I will be contributing to their economies - however, I won't be part of the rat race for a little while and that's good enough for me.