Debt Free Travel

My biggest dream and goal for the ‘short’ term is to travel debt free.

This dream is my awesome motivator to kick debts ass!!

I travelled through some parts of South America in 2012 for almost 5 months. It was the time of my life and amost as soon as I arrived back to Australia , I wanted to go again.

But I was deep in debt and totally broke.

I did actually save hard for the 2012 trip. I even worked 2 jobs as the departure date drew near for extra cash.

My plan was foiled by a terrible decision financially to move across to the other side of the country, with no job, 6 months before my departure date. It only took a month to get a job but I was chewing through savings and I just never really got back on track.

I remember morning I realised there was no other option but to draw another 5k on my loan (which was down to 2k) if I wanted to travel for as long as I’d planned.

I was actually gutted, I vowed I wouldn’t draw on debt to take that trip, and there I was – doing exactly that. I stood in the bank feeling sick and like a failure as my loan jumped up another 5k.

I left for the adventure of a life time 13k iN debt.

Plus I had to set aside almost 2k to make repayments during the time I was away. What a waate of good travel money!

I came back to Australia determined to rid myself of the debt and then take another trip – this time backpacking through central america.

But more importantly, this time, without 14k debt.

Thats my goal and my motivator. What’s your reason to kick debts ass?!

8 thoughts on “Debt Free Travel

  1. My motivator is also traveling! πŸ™‚ There is so much of the world I have yet to see! I can’t wait until our extra money is going to traveling and not paying off debt! πŸ™‚

  2. For me is so I can go ti school debt free with savings so I dont have to rely on laons.

  3. morgaine80 says:

    My main motivator for paying off debt is freedom. Not owing anything to anyone, all my money is mine to do with what I want, not to pay interest.

    • I HATE interest. When I started my debt journey and actually began to pay attention to my debt and do the math on outstanding balances / interest I was just like I can’t believe how much of my cash is sucked up in interest. And now I am paying down my personal loan, the bank asks me everytime I call if I want to increase my loan. I always say “no WAY, you guys know I can’t wait to get rid of this loan and the interest right” ha.

  4. I want to kick debt’s ass so I can actually keep all my paycheck to do as I please. πŸ™‚

    • The feeling of having a WHOLE paycheck to allocate / spend how you want will be awesome..since I took out my first credit card at 18, I’ve always been partially working to pay someone else. A bank. Thanks for sharing!

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