Ever since we started traveling 13 weeks a year, my friends began asking “How do you afford it!?” And they don’t just mean the money—time is a commodity that many can’t afford.
And it’s true: It can seem impossible to most to have the luxury of traveling whenever and wherever. Whether it’s the money or the time off, parents can find it difficult to afford it all. It’s always a trade-off. In my youth, I had plenty of time to travel, but not the resources. Once my life took off in the Netherlands, I was focused on my studies, career, and family; I had no time. The hard part is finding the right balance; having enough time and money to fulfill your dreams.
Let’s face it: Not everyone wants to quit their job and sell all of their stuff just to travel. Right? Well, I sure don’t!
Having worked in financial institutions for the last 13 years, if it’s one thing I know, it’s finance. But what I’ve learned is that you don’t need a finance degree or years of experience working in a bank to practice smart family finances. It’s about building good habits, being disciplined, and practicing transparency with the family. It took my husband and me some time to figure it out. Believe me, it hasn’t always come easy! Now that we have our own personalized money management system, it’s opened our eyes and helped us focus on our goals. Once we all aligned and focused on our goal, it helped us work towards financial freedom as a family. I’m excited to finally be able to share all my secrets—and mistakes—so that you can learn from us without the guesswork!
When it comes to travel, managing your budget is only part of it. Getting the most for your money will help you maximize what you envisioned spending. The Sharing Economy allowed us to stay in places we once only dreamed of. Not only have these experience upgraded our “economy” standard to “first-class” but we’ve also managed to do it, in most cases, for free! By implementing some simple methods, we’re essentially financially free to spend every single school holiday traveling with the kids. It’s a dream come true!
I’ve been spending a lot of time reading a collection of travel blogs out on the web. When it comes to finance, most of these blogs focus give tips about spending. Where 13 Weeks of Wanderlust will differ is that my goal is to create real value. I’ll share a different perspective on travel that will save you money but also help you find the right balance for your family. I hope to inspire you to follow our best practices!