how can you afford to go on a trip like that? I'm guessing it will cost in the 10-15 thousand dollar range to take both kids there. have you figured out the cost? europe is expensive. i also happen to know the area you live in, guessing you pay close to 2500 a month in rent. you guys are so young i just dont understand how that happens on one income. Signed, Nosy in Denver.
First off, I debated on whether or not to answer this question, I think it's a legit question? But from your tone I don't think you are being snarky just curious. And I'm personally curious my nature, so I can't fault others for this.
So, how can we afford this trip? And yes I'm also estimating it to be in the 10-15K range, probably closer to 15 when you include passports which I'm in the process of getting for Tindra and getting Jaspers renewed, so we do know the costs involved. There's no one answer to how we can afford it. One, we sold our house and make a good chunk of change for us on that, and one of the things we decided we wanted to do with that was put towards next summers vacation. Two, Drew has a fantastic job. He works hard, really hard, but it pays pretty well as well, especially for being just 26 years old and only in the 'real' workforce for 3.5 years. He works long, and I mean loooong hours. He's at work by 8 and tries to make it home by 6:30 for dinner, where he will spend 1.5 hrs with the kids and after they are in bed for the night we will go into his office and work another 3-5 hrs at least three sometimes four nights a week. But he loves his job, and it supports us so I try not to complain. Three, travel is what we choose to spend money on. We don't own brand new cars, we don't have a huge savings account, we don't eat out 5 nights a week, we choose to spend our money on traveling. We live for it. I don't think there's a better experience we can give our children except a chance to see different parts of the world. So we save for that. Ideally I'd love to make it over to Sweden every year, but with two children that's not super realistic to us right now. But I'm hoping it can be a yearly or every 18 month type thing. And until we can travel internationally as much as we would love, I'll stick to quick trips around here and the rest of the US for now!
And for your second (third?) point, yes we live in an expensive area and you aren't too far off with what the monthly rent is for around here (do you live in the area as well?) and yes that's all done on Drew's income. But I don't Not make money. I nanny a few days a week out of our home for another 1 year old (Tindra's BFF) but you won't find me talking about that much on here. I'm not sure if they would mind or not, in fact they probably wouldn't because they are Awesome, but still I like to stay away from that. Any money I make doesn't go towards our household expenses or bills. Instead my money is 'fun money' that I like to spend spoiling the kiddos (myself) and Drew. And right now it's also helping fund my expensive photography hobby/hopeful someday business. I don't Have to work. I choose to because I'm an independent person by nature and enjoy making my own money. Plus, how else can I justify my stitch fix obsession?
So I guess that's how it's done for us? Hope that answered your question.