I received my first annual bonus…ever…yesterday. I'd been looking forward to the day since my company was acquired in 2005.
Perhaps that is why it seemed so anti-climactic. I had earmarked the whole bonus for my RTW savings 15 months before it was in my pocket.
Don't get me wrong; I'm very satiated by the fact that half of it is now earning me 4.5% interest in my ING Direct savings account!
Still, there were no champagne bottles uncorked…no gourmet dinner with a girlfriend…or beers with friends to celebrate.
And for those of you who've kept up with my dental tribulations, you may know that much of the money won't even go toward my trip, but rather a dental implant I'm getting in four short days.
I was reviewing my savings targets, and it seems as though I'm going to have to start saying “no” more often and more aggressively than I have in the past.
Still, it feels like I'm getting walloped right now with a confluence of expenses. Here are the big ones:
- $1500 – Stage 1 of dental implant
- $180/month – Amount of my rent increase, effective February (to Oct)
- $200 – new wheel for my car (I have a crack in one, and I'm running on borrowed time and air)
- $150 – 6-month car tune-up (VW in da house)
On the plus side, I realized last year I couldn't afford a vacation this Spring as I've done the previous two years.
It'd be too detrimental to my overall plans.
I know it's the right decision, even though I'd come back super motivated (and more excited, if that's possible).
In the future, I will be dedicating more time to how to work your way out of debt, and save, save, save for whatever it is that you want.
For now, check out the financial situation I'm coming from 5 years ago, to see how far I've come to position myself to take a RTW trip by year's end!
Dave is the Founder and Editor in Chief of Go Backpacking and Feastio. He's been to 66 countries and lived in Colombia and Peru. Read the full story of how he became a travel blogger.
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Sunday 18th of March 2007
Looks like I'm in some good company! Thanks for listening to me blow off some steam. In the big picture, as my dear mom says, these things may chip off a few weeks of your trip, however you're still going to go (and have an amazing time).
Saturday 17th of March 2007
Just last night I chipped my tooth, front one too and the second chip on that tooth, there's another chip on the other one too, I was furious. Don't think I'll be going for caps until after I've travelled though. I also have a car service due, overdue actually, just. It's quite a peeve when these things happen but I guess we just have to face them, I'm hanging out for tax time so that I can finish paying off my car loan, then I'll but one the no spend (at all) budget.
Friday 16th of March 2007
Congratulations on your annual bonus and keep up with your savings goal. I have a $300+ auto repair tomorrow and I don't look forward to it.