A Dose of Reality
Before I start writing about our adventures and travels, I want you guys to look at the whole picture of travelling with or without a family. The ugly, the bad and the good :).
As I stated before we only have one income.. we live in in the biggest city in Canada.. which logically is expensive to live in. We rent a small 1 and a half bedroom apartment.. (affordability of a house or apartment in Toronto and Vancouver has become an issue for people of my generation). Hubby and I have been on our own since we were 20 and we do not get any financial help from either of our parents. So a few years ago we decided that owning a house or even apartment was going to be out of our reach so we decided to travel instead. So the “dream” of home ownership does not exist in our lives… (yes we could move 3 hours away from here but this is where the jobs are plus we get to travel).
Sacrifices are made every day, some sacrifice more than others but any sacrifice is hard. First let’s start with work.. hubby works an average of 15 hours a day/ 7 days a week and I take care of the kids. We do not go out on dates (we watch Netflix & eat McDonald’s once in a while). I buy drug store make up, we do not drive or wear fancy clothes. We also do not have much of a social life.
We get to experience and meet wonderful people. We learn to keep an open mind. We get to be with each other. We learn to enjoy the simple things in life, stereotypes are shatter once you interact with people that are different than you.We get to teach our children that there is more than the borders of our own city. We get to teach our children that we do not have to follow what everyone else is doing. We get to eat delicious food. I get to take amazing pictures and we have memories that are going to last a life time.
A trade off is needed (think about the economic term) in order to do what you love.
We all chose different paths in life, many may not agree but I have to tell you the truth for us is all worth it..