No Money to Travel

There is no money to travel in our budget! How I miss the travel benefits of an airline job. I don't regret choosing my children over my career but, wow, air travel is expensive! What's the deal with the fees and taxes? A $150 fare can easily become a $400 fare with F&T.
Can I cut our budget enough to fly away? The tough thing is we've already trimmed our budget drastically for me to be able to stay home and homeschool. Can we cut back more? Ben is bicycling to work and our second car runs on vegetable oil? What else is there? Food? Should we all eat less, so that we can travel more?

"A man can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in his work. This too, I see, is from the hand of God, for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment?" Ecclesiastes 2:24-25

Hmm, maybe not.

I've been reading www.zenhabits.net. This guy has some pretty good ideas.

I'm going to try some, and I'll keep you posted.



A little off topic, but I think simplicity can be a result of travel and vice versa.


Hilton Head Island

We found the amount of ways to "entertain" our children on Hilton Head Island numerous, but expensive. So we didn't do any of it. We packed up and spent two days at the beach! There we saw dolphins playing (yes, very, very close to the shore. So close that my son said, "oh mommy, look the dolphins came to play with us.") We found sand dollars, star fish, hermit crabs, a horseshoe crab, sea birds fishing and little fish all for free. We put them back of course so that you can find them when you come, too. This experience was priceless and with little kids - age 6 and 4 - this was a larger than life experience for them. My 6 year old, said it was the most fun she had all summer. So, if you are on budget, or just want to keep from going broke skip the expensive claims to adventure and head to the beach!
Oh, if you aren't on the side of Hwy. 278 with the bike trail you'll have to drive your car and the beach access parking is $1 an hour. Not bad, but make sure to book a hotel on the right side of the highway and bring your bikes. Biking to the beach - FREE.
Oh don't miss the Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge. We loved this place. After our sealife encounter at the beach, we were furthered wowed by the marsh lands and its inhabitants at this wildlife refuge. We road our bikes around here too, and met an avid bird watcher who directed us to a marshy pond with a white ibis rookery. There were about 100 birds and their young nesting right before our eyes! They didn't seem to be bothered by the snooping. They were well protected by alligators below, which we did not see but the bird watcher told us so. We continued our ride and found a sweet little butterfly garden and a ton of sand crabs all around the ground there. Another great free place with more appeal than fee-based "entertainment".