Travelling vs. driving a BMW

travel

Travel is my thing, and if I amortize the cost of our travel over the year, I easily spend what Mr. German spends on his BMW! (about 300 EUR per month)

So I can’t really pick on Mr. German’s auto choice, since he thinks I pick on him for that. 😕

To tout the BMW’s horn, it benefits both of us regularly throughout the year, and also contributes to Mr. German’s ability to earn an income (since he uses his car to commute to an office that is difficult to reach with public transit). While I don’t drive the car much, it’s also helpful for me to have easy access to a car when needed.

OTOH, my habit of travelling is concentrated to a few days or weeks throughout the year, does not contribute at all to income generation, and is also not very relaxing due to my travelling style. Travelling also tends to benefit me more than Mr. German, since Mr. German is not thrilled about any distant travel.

I’m trying to cut down on my travelling though. Like last year I did not travel at all internationally (for leisure), and this year I’m also planning to stay the course. This also means though, that I likely won’t see my parents and my 90 year old Grandma for 2 consecutive years in total. I spend most of my travel budget on visiting family.

Did I mention I’m close to my family? 😦

But! There are other reasons why I’m resisting going back to Canada. That’s because I can get quite homesick, and visiting my home town only quells the sickness temporarily yet makes it more difficult for me when I return to Germany. The emotional rollercoaster is too much for me to handle, so I’m choosing to focus on building my life here in Germany with no interruptions.

It’s better for my long term comfort, especially since I’ve decided to stay here in Germany until we retire (in 7 years).

There’s also so much going on with us right now. We’re trying to buy property, set up our FIRE strategy, and also get pregnant.

The pregnancy thing alone is enough to make me not want to travel. I can’t imagine how un-fun it would be to travel while pregnant.

So while I love travelling, it’s better that I don’t plan any long, faraway trips in 2015 at least. I’ve also travelled enough to scratch the itch, so I can take delaying travel for now.

Caravanning in early retirement

campervan

When we retire, I envision us fixing up a camper van like the one above, and taking our sweet time caravanning around Europe.

The interior looks quite cozy.

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We could also consider shipping it over to Canada, and taking a cross-country road trip.

Canada

It’s been my dream for a while to drive across Canada. I’ve just never had the time to do it, and think early retirement would be the best time for it.

Life has so many possibilities when we’re financially independent and not chained to our jobs!