Don’t get me wrong — I’m beyond excited to GTFO of New York City and start adventurin’ (patent pending), but as the date of our departure approaches (August 1) I’ve come to dread the inevitable shock of not being able to drop $50 on dinner if we don’t feel like firing up the stove on a particularly sweltering evening (like today in NYC). We’ve been fortunate; with no kids and steady gigs, we’ve rarely had to sacrifice a fun time for the sake of saving a sawbuck here and there. But soon, when the paychecks stop coming in, we’ll have to make some tough choices about what we can and can’t spend our money on.
At least initially, the plan is to live frugally and find free and fun things to do. Our expenses should be pretty minimal, considering we’ll be WWOOFing in exchange for room and board. Fixed monthly costs should be limited to cell phones and student loans (student bailout, anyone?). At least, I think so. It’ll be interesting to revisit this after a few months in NZ, to see what our real monthly costs are. No doubt I’ve forgotten something already.
Transportation is obviously another consideration, but that’s closely tied to entertainment. My grand vision is that we’ll be within a stone’s throw of awesome beaches and hikes and just hang out, write, talk, read, and enjoy the slow life for a while. Sounds…perfect! Right? RIGHT?!