@Apollo Banks A while! But I really stepped up saving in the middle of last year. I opened the account in May 2011 after a trip that made me want to travel more extensively. At the same, I was socking away maybe $100 or at most $250 a month, more when I had got a tax return or had a three paycheck month. Last May, I'd had it with my bigger student loan which at the time was down to about $7500, and decided to throw some money at that problem. I took out a huge chunk and paid it off in full along with the assistance of another three paycheck month. I had just moved to a cheaper apartment and since I no longer had a $200 loan payment each month, I committed myself to adding $1000 a month to the travel fund. It's been difficult but not impossible. That was probably more detail than you wanted to know, but there you go! Now I wonder "what on earth was I spending all my money on before?" I've learned a lot about budgeting, saving, and being frugal, and I hope those things stick with me long after this trip.
@beastlyburden One big trip. I'm still not sure where because I keep changing my mind. Right now, Central America/Mexico is looking good but so is SE Asia. I will figure it out eventually and finally book a ticket somewhere. But I'm definitely going somewhere in late August! I bought my backpack, so it's official.
Travel Fund: February 2014 – $10,070.99 March 2014 - $13,076.76 The monthly increase was higher than usual (thank you, tax return!) but the next one will be paltry because I've decided to pay off my final student loan early. Git outta my face, debt!
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What will become of the teens? They can't hang out at Amazon.com!
@travlinggirl Awesome! I loved Amsterdam. I'm totally freaked out about having to find new work when I return but I've been wanting to do some extended travel for a long time, I'm ready to move on from my current job, and the time has come.
@highjump I'm guessing you meant "Fear Fund" but this gave me a giggle. Great job, by the way!
@travlinggirl Sort of! I'm leaving in late August/early September and my first stop would be Reykjavik for a week, then Paris, then hop around Europe before heading to Asia. Lots of places on my list but I want to give myself some flexibility which for me is a challenge in itself because I'm used to planning ahead. Currently obsessed with Edinburgh, Berlin, Prague, Kathmandu, and Hong Kong. World, why you gotta be so big?!
Travel Fund: January 2014 – $9065.34 February 2014 - $10,070.99
I once bought a movie ticket to see Jurassic Park III with a boy I had a crush on. It cost $8, two hours, and my teenage film snob pride.