There are a lot of things that I look forward to in life post-job. Near the top of the list is slow travel. During the year, I’m grounded because the girls are in school. However, the kids get out of school next week and we’re not wasting any time.
We leave the day after they get out. I’m going to tell you about my big travel plans. First, we must get to the question from a couple weeks ago: What would you still not do, even if money was no object?
Reader Wendy said:
I would still clean my own place, wash my own clothes, buy & cook most of my own food, etc. I can’t fathom outsourcing basic care of myself and my possessions unless I physically lose the ability to do it.
Ms. Montana from Montana Money Adventures would still shun “luxury” items:
Most any luxury clothing items or jewelry. Spending $800 on sunglasses or for $1500 uncomfortable shoes would make me feel like an idiot and a sucker.
Reader Nancy S. shared:
If money were no object I still wouldn’t do my regular grocery shopping at Whole Foods or other fancy grocery stores. I just can’t see paying a premium for basics like paper towels and canned beans.
Not paying for luxury items seems to be a theme. (Not really a surprise there, though.) Reader Spiffi says:
I wouldn’t buy much in the way of luxury items – fancy cars with big price tags don’t do it for me (I like my Mazda). My friend’s neighbour sells high end mattresses – I wouldn’t spend $10k on a mattress.
(Mrs. 1500 note: The mattress in our guest room was purchased for $200 during one of those ubiquitous mattress sales to celebrate one of those not-really-a-holiday holidays. It was put in the ad to get you in the door, then try to upsell you on a better, far more costly mattress. We stuck with the $200 job, and holy cow, it’s one of the most comfortable mattresses we’ve ever slept on. $10k on a mattress?!? That’s the cost of a car!)
Done by Forty won’t pay a lot to drink:
I would still not pay crazy amounts for “rare” craft beer. It is my newest pet peeve: that prissy little snobs are doing to beer what they did to wine, and turning it into a yuppie elitism, paying $150 or $300 for some small batch, rare bottle. Like, one twelve ounce or bomber of beer.
No effing way, man. Not even if I had $10 million.
Beer is for the people. It should cost between like, one and three dollars, max, for a bottle.
(Mrs. 1500 note: I don’t know how Mr. 1500 feels about this, but I would probably be in the same category as Done by Forty. However, as I type this, my sister just offered us a bottle of Dark Lord 2017 that a friend gave to her. I can’t bring myself to pay that much for tickets to the festival – which sells out every year in a split second – but I also can’t wait to taste it!)
Friendly Russian‘s wife:
Asked Mrs. FR and she told me that she still wouldn’t pay $$$ for dyeing her own hair.
Mr. Crazy Kicks would still skip:
Fine dining would be something we’d still avoid. The food always seems to disappoint us. The reason is probably because we expect more when we pay more.
(Mrs. 1500 note: Back before we found FI, I changed jobs and we went out to Morton’s Steakhouse to celebrate. $35 steaks that did not include a side dish… This was probably 15 years ago, I’m sure they cost more now. We spent $100 on one meal, and didn’t feel like it was exceptional. I’m sure I don’t have the palate required for these fancy meals, but since I don’t, no need to pay those prices.)
Finally, I like what Owen at PlanEasy had to say. Time is the most precious asset and anything that consumes it is the enemy:
I wouldn’t buy a bigger house, even if money was no object. It’s not just the money but also the time and upkeep. So much time would need to be spent cleaning, organizing, fixing (but I guess I could just hire someone for that). Having a small house seems to keep things simple. Less furniture/stuff to take care of and maintain.
OK, back over to Mr. 1500 and our plans for the next couple of weeks.
Summer Slow Travel
On the 25th, we jump in the car and start driving to Minneapolis where I’ll visit family and friends:
After Memorial Day, we’re going to pay a visit to the doctor. Not just any doctor, the Physician on Fire. After that, we head to Duluth and then across Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (UP):
We’ll spend a week in the northern Michigan before heading to Madison Wisconsin for a night. We’ll hit the Dane County Farmers’ Market before heading back to Colorado.
I can’t hardly wait! We’ll be gone for over two weeks which wouldn’t have been possible with a job.
And the trip will be cheap. We’re staying with friends most of the time. And thanks to travel hacking, all of our hotel stays are free!
How about you? Any good plans for summer? Where are you going? What are you doing?
And if you see a grey Mazda with fighting kids in the back and a yelling dad upfront, give me a wave!
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