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View Poll Results: What have you done away with or without in order to travel?
Don't have children 18 43.90%
Don't have pets 20 48.78%
Don't own a home 11 26.83%
Don't have a yard 13 31.71%
Don't spend money on.... (i.e. restaurants, cable, etc.) 19 46.34%
Don't work a traditional job 9 21.95%
Waited to "settle down" and traveled first 8 19.51%
I just waited to travel a lot until I retired 3 7.32%
Other 8 19.51%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 41. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 11-01-2018, 05:42 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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Fellow travel lovers, what have you excluded or cut out of your life in order to have time/money/energy to travel? This question is for people who travel more than a week or two during the year.
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Old 11-01-2018, 05:57 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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I'll reply first.

We chose not to have children or pets to free ourselves of responsibilites that would make traveling difficult or expensive. In addition we cut back on expenses in other areas so we could travel. For instance, we live in a very simple and small house, rarely go out to eat, etc. We do budget travel (i.e. best western quality, economy seats in airplanes, and compact car rentals) though to make it all possible. It's all worth it in my opinion.
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Old 11-01-2018, 06:12 PM
 
Location: On the road
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I checked every single box except for the "don't spend money on" one. We like traveling a lot, it never gets old for us. So that's what we do.
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Old 11-01-2018, 06:57 PM
 
Location: State of Denial
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I live simply (but not poorly....) 7 months of the year so I can afford to travel around the country and the world the rest of the time. Small house, modest car, not a drinker or smoker, don't have to have all the latest fashions or fads.


As a previous poster said, it's worth it.
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Old 11-01-2018, 07:23 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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I live simply (but not poorly....) 7 months of the year so I can afford to travel around the country and the world the rest of the time. Small house, modest car, not a drinker or smoker, don't have to have all the latest fashions or fads.


As a previous poster said, it's worth it.
as per above^^^ (and not on your poll, but likely 20 - 30% of participants. )

We have given up our WEALTH to travel and volunteer / serve others (For last 40 yrs and hopefully NEXT 40 yrs).

There are MILLIONs who have given up far more than us.

(3 trips in last 5 days), been home one day... leaving again tomorrow

We travel cheaper than staying home (Property taxes).

not unusual to be gone more than home (for last 40 yrs)

Used international work assignments to get PAID to travel / live overseas (as a family).

We would have had 1/2 the experience traveling if we had NOT had kids. They open a LOT of doors and minds. They have been away from home for 15 yrs and still traveling also.

Now (Early retirement age... we MUST travel! for affordable healthcare) We are USA medical refugees.
https://patientsbeyondborders.com/

As farmers / rural property owners... traveling (international and national volunteering) comes at a GREAT cost (stamina). We must work really hard and fast when home. My Grandfather (farmer) took 4 days vacation during his 94 yrs on the farm. I am 'over-reacting' to that! But I ESCAPED from Dairy Farm Boarding School at age 15. Life has been a BREEZE ever since. (We often stay and help on Dairy farms). We will have over 150 'nearly' FREE stays this yr. (food and lodging). Our home is always open to others and we enjoy sharing in their travels!

We have learned a lot. and have new friends daily.

Traveling comes at a cost / benefit (socially / emotionally) that can dwarf finances.
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Old 11-01-2018, 07:28 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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Honestly, I just don't really like to travel anymore, so I chose "other." I wouldn't do without, so that I could take a vacation where I won't be guaranteed a quiet, comfortable place to sleep, etc. If I was wealthy enough to afford my own chauffer and or plane, etc. I would probably like to travel. But, my money is too tight to gamble on hating a noisy room or too-hard bed, etc. Traveling just for the sake of traveling doesn't appeal to me anymore.
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Old 11-01-2018, 07:38 PM
 
Location: California
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I am single, no kids, no pets, and I haven't had an official place to live in years. I've either stayed with family or rented rooms for short periods of time. Although that was more due to not knowing where I should live. When you don't have a job that's tied to any particular location (I'm a freelancer), and you don't have a partner, it's kind of difficult to know where you should go.

This is a negative that comes with the nomadic lifestyle that I never hear anyone talk about. I've lived in multiple states and multiple areas of each of those states. I've traveled to many foreign countries. You reach a point where NOWHERE feels like "home" anymore and you just have no clue where you belong. I've been in a bit of a depression in recent times due to this issue. Especially being single, you feel like you're essentially deciding the rest of your life based on where you choose to buy/rent a home. If I move to the LA area I'll most likely end up with a completely different partner than if I move to San Francisco. How do I know where my future partner is? How do I know where my future friends are?

Sorry for going off on a tangent, but I thought I'd add an unmentioned item to the list. Something I "gave up" without even realizing I was doing so. Having that anchor to a certain location. I didn't realize how valuable that was until I had been living the nomadic life for more than 10 years. I don't have a home, and sometimes, that really sucks.

I'm currently at a crossroads between traveling more and picking anywhere that looks remotely good so I can settle down and finally be a normal person with a place to call home.

I should add that I didn't specifically avoid kids because I wanted to travel. I just never met anyone to have kids with. I'm glad, though. I've wanted kids less and less as I got older.
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Old 11-01-2018, 07:50 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia/South Jersey area
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Mine ebbs and flows. different things at different times. We decided to have children so when the children were small our travels where wherever we could go in a car with the kiddies or long weekends when grandparents could watch the kids.

then when college started we gave up traveling. lol nothing says stay home like a 12K tuition bill staring you in the face.

Now that the kids are old and almost out the house I am unfortunately a widow. 2016 I had my knee replaced so that also put a crimp in the travel plans.

last year I got my groove back, I have disposable income so I don't really have to "give" up anything but again not all my trips are big budgeted affairs. a long weekend in upstate nyc can rejuvenate me this year my son, my niece and nephew graduated from college so I took 4 millennial on a grand vacation over the summer. the cousins are very close being so close in age and it will probably be the last summer they have unencumbered.
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Old 11-01-2018, 08:18 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston/Tricity
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None of the above. A home, yard, pets, kids, job, and normal daily living expenses wouldn't prevent me from traveling. It's all about priorities, budgeting and organizing life, so everything has its place. I travelled every single year of my life. One long vacation (3-8 weeks) and several "long weekend" (Fri-Tue) trips per year. There were times I made 2-3 overseas trips a year.
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Old 11-01-2018, 09:48 PM
 
Location: Saint John, IN
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None of the above. A home, yard, pets, kids, job, and normal daily living expenses wouldn't prevent me from traveling. It's all about priorities, budgeting and organizing life, so everything has its place. I travelled every single year of my life. One long vacation (3-8 weeks) and several "long weekend" (Fri-Tue) trips per year. There were times I made 2-3 overseas trips a year.
THIS!!!!

We have kids and pets and we just watch save or work OT so we can travel. We usually do one big family trip a year, several weekend family trips and several short trips with just me and my DH. We have my mom stay at our house when my DH and I go and when we all go somewhere my neighbors come and check on our two cats.

We love to travel so we make it work without giving up anything else!
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