I’m 29 years old and have barely traveled in my lifetime. The sad reality is I’ve spent the bulk of my 20’s trying to graduate from school, establish a career, and build an early retirement (and traditional retirement) nest egg.
More to Life
So, although I’ve been successful in taking care of my financial situation so far in life, I can’t help but feel like I’m still really missing out on the good stuff! Truth is, I just want to be done with finances so that I can focus on the finer things in life — especially travel!
This year, I started to travel some more. At first, it was because I wanted to buy some properties out of state. After that, I got into travel hacking, and started making trips out of town just for fun.
In 2013, I’ve made the following domestic trips:
May: Chicago, IL and Indiana, IN
September: San Diego, CA (I know, still local but it was fun anyway)
October: Phoenix, AZ and Sedona, AZ
November: Chicago, IL and Milwaukee, WI
I know, it isn’t much, but for someone who hasn’t traveled a lot, it’s a start. I’m also planning on making a trip out to Hawaii at the end of December. Yup, I’ll be in Maui for New Year’s 2014!
I have now been to 10/50 states. They are as follows:
I plan on accelerating the travel plans in the near future. For 2014, I most likely will go to Texas to look for more properties. Also, I’ve already booked tickets to go to New York. Once there, I’ll most likely also hit up Washington D.C. and Boston. Florida seems like a possible destination as well.
There’s a lot of fun to look forward to. I’m at a place in life now where I feel pretty secure financially, and more capable of making trips out on a whim. When I was younger, I used to worry more about job security and the impressions I made at work. I wanted to be perceived as a hard worker who always put the projects/job first… How naive I was…. These days, I really don’t care so much. I feel like I’ve paid my dues, so it’s time to unwind and make up for lost time.
2014 will be focused on domestic travel. By 2015, I may be ready to check out of the game completely and start early FI. If that’s the case, 2015 will be centered around international travel. This is something I’m totally stoked about doing. I can’t wait to explore the rest of the world… but all in due time. I still have to take care of business first. Until then, I’ll enjoy seeing all the wonderful sights and sounds that can be found in the great USA.
Where have you traveled and where would you like to go? Have you satisfied your desire for international travel? How would reaching early FI influence your future travel plans?