Tuesday, 28 February 2012

New Tickers

I've set up some new tickers on the side of the blog to track our progress.  I've taken off the one aiming to save for the campervan as i'm not sure how we'll attack that goal yet and it may be that we'll need to trade in our car eventually to get one.  At the moment, really, all money is going in one pot anyway so it shouldn't make too much difference.  Each 'day on the road' equates to £30, we'll see what we can do!

I've also set up a weight loss ticker, I am about 2 stone overweight at the moment, which I hate to admit.  I managed to get myself to just over 'normal weight range' a couple of years ago, but it has gone on steadily since then.  I'd love to get back to the top end of 'normal' by the time we go away.

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

2013 or 2014?

I said in my last post that we really want to go away in 2013 and actually I was pretty sure that we would be able to do that - until something happened last week.  We had car troubles and it meant getting a new car.  It may be that at the end of our 'savings phase' we can sell the car and recoup some or most of what we've had to pay out or maybe we'll be able to part exchange it against a campervan, I'm not really sure, but what I do know is that it might put back our travel date to 2014.  I'd like to still aim for 2013 though so I am not going to change it just yet, but have it in mind if things don't look like they'll work out.

One thing that keeps me going is finding some inspirational quotes so I'd like to try and add one when it fits well.

You will need to make many turns and overcome many obstacles to create the path you desire.

Saturday, 11 February 2012

First post

I have blogged in varous places before, so blogging is not new to me, although blogging as a whole has changed loads since I started.  I'm slightly nervous about starting this blog though as it is to be about a huge goal of mine, which is to travel with my family.  I have wanted to do this since I first had my children, oh 11 years ago now, and I have planned loads of times to do it only for it to not happen.  I'm nervous then, because actually time is running out to do it!  My kids won't be kids for much longer, they're 11 and 10 at the moment and if we want to do this, we need to do it NOW.

I'm going to have some progress bars at the side which I'm going to update when we get to our goals.  These amounts are also very much 'reaching for the sky' amounts and I'm not sure we'll get there, but maybe by writing it down the universe might help us.  The first one is for our campervan fund and what we need to save for first.  Then we need some actual money to do some travelling.  The third one is for saving Tesco points as we can use them for ferries and as we'd very much like to go to Northern Ireland this would help make that happen.

Ideally all this will be saved for and we'll reach our goals by April 2013.  That may be over ambitious, I'm not sure.  All I know is we have to start somewhere and start now.