So yesterday my boyfriend turned to me and said “Instead of waiting until next January we should just go traveling now“, half joking, half not.
And the thing is, I totally would have agreed and just left within a week if I had already been rejected for study abroad (I don’t find out for sure until late June); because really that’s the only thing stopping me from leaving the country a year earlier. I know we would be down about five grand or so, and we wouldn’t get to go everywhere we wanted, or for as long but some days, the waiting kills me.
Some days I just want to be spontaneous. I just want to be able to decide to leave on a whim.
But I guess I want to go on study abroad more, I’m just going to be really annoyed if in June I find out that I’ve been rejected and I have been staying here for no reason.
Saving like this for so long really takes its toll.
I look at photos of friends on Facebook and their all still going out clubbing and buying new clothes each week.
I want new clothes so freaking bad.
I just want it to be time for us to leave and I can finally start spending. I just want to stop being such a hermit and never being able to go on trips with my friends. And most of all I want to stop having to look at the prices of everything I want to buy and do so that I can decide if it fits in with my budget or not, I hate being the ‘cheap’ person. Sometimes it feels so cruel to have all the money I have saved but not actually being able to spend it.
Anyway since we can’t actually be spontaneous and leave for our trip earlier we’ve decided to take a couple of days next week to go camping on Moreton Island. I know I just said I wasn’t going to spend my money but its only a $50 dollar return trip and camping is less than $6 a night so we should be able to do it on under a $100 each. I think we can splurge that much (yes $100 is a splurge for me right now – embarrassing).
We’ve already got cans of tuna, bread and carrots to take for lunches and we’re going to buy shredded chicken and potato salad for dinner to bring for the two nights we’re there. Sounds extremely cheap, but I’m just grateful I’m able to get away for a few days.
We’re staying in the campsite near the wrecks so we’re going to spend our time snorkelling (you don’t have to do a tour to snorkel the wrecks, oh yea!), swimming in the clear water, exploring the island, and (trying) to slide down the sand dunes.
In other news after doing it half-assed for a couple of days I have officially got stuck into my diet. I’m sticking to 800 to 1000 calories a day and I’m actually finding it quite manageable… but lets see how I feel after a week. Wish me luck!
Does constant saving make you want to tear your hair out? Any tips are appreciated!
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