I thought Debt Ninja sounded a bit defensive when explaining why he was spending $4,000 on a honeymoon (turns out he was slammed over at the consumerist awhile back). As long as he’s not putting it on a credit card, why would anyone be upset at him for going on a big trip with his best girl?
We are cheaping out big time on the official honeymoon. T and I are driving north, stopping in Central Coast wine country for a night, then heading up to Big Sur for two nights. I’m super excited to go somewhere so beautiful and chill for a couple days. Some wine, some good food, and lots of quality time with T!
I’ll be back at work on Thursday without a tan, without zen, without having sipped any fruity cocktails. The total cost will be about $700 for the two of us.
HOWEVER! This is only the minimoon! The real honeymoon is later!
I have big plans for a big trip, and the best time (for us, for the place, and to accumulate extra vacation time) to go is late summer or early fall. This trip is (hopefully) going to last at least 10 days, it’s going to cover at least 2 countries, and it is going to be AMAZING. It is also going to cost about $6000 (probably).
I’m currently putting $300-$400 month into my travel fund for this. Ever since we’ve moved to Cali, we’ve traveled on the (relatively) cheap. Camping, backpacking, or visiting friends. This is fine. But this is our year to do something big!
I’m definitely an advocate of camping, hiking, and otherwise frugal travel. But more than that, I’m an advocate of traveling and seeing the world. I’ve been to a lot of fabulously cheap places, but some places I want to see aren’t cheap. I claim I value travel, that travel is a passion. This year, I’m putting my money where my mouth is.