I have dreamt about traveling to India for as long as I can remember. I have a strong internal pull to go there to see and experience everything India has to offer especially the spiritual aspects of the culture. I believe in reincarnation and am certain I have been there in a previous life and would like to return there again.
Saving for a trip like this seems impossible but others have done it and I know I can do it as well. Tips from a young traveler in this article about Saving like Buddha are helpful and interesting. She talks about converting her savings into the currency of the country she travels to to prevent her from spending it until she gets there. What a great idea!
Another great travel blogger writes about cutting expenses and being able to save for a trip easily. I like his suggestions about being realistic with your bank account and paying down monthly payments. This is where I have problems too.
I have a very financially complicated life at the moment and that will definitely hinder my dream of traveling to India. I own a new small business that I can not just “up and leave” without having to pay someone to run it for me. I have a home and a rental property that will still need to be paid for since I have a mortgage on it. I also have a young daughter that is eight years old that I need to account for as well.
I have many people in my life that would support me if I decided to go on this trip but that doesn’t really help me financially at all.
In order for me to make this dream a reality I would need to make some HUGE changes and sacrifices in not only my life but of my husband and daughter as well. Some of those changes would include selling my car, absolutely no eating out or going anywhere for entertainment, eating cheap, basic meals at home, selling many of our personal items, and sticking to a strict budget for a long period of time.
I think I could do this easily if I was a single person without any children. I have a strong desire to make it happen though and hope I will be able to overcome the barriers I have to make it a reality.