Travel Photo Essay: On Balancing Adult Responsibilities and Travel Dreams

by the beach

Travel Photo Essay: Adult Responsibilities or Travel Dreams?

We are currently on day 15 of our 21-day Eastern Mindanao trip and we have had no regrets so far…sort of.

Yes, our decision isn’t exactly the best one as we still have bills and a mortgage to take care of. But, honestly, when you have been “trapped” at home for about a year (I work from home), it kind of makes me question my other decisions and even my sanity.

Getting ready for the boat ride
Getting ready for the boat ride

I made a huge jump from corporate life to freelancing and yet, I have never felt more caged than ever.

But is going on long-term travel with my family the right thing to do? Does it not feel like a coward’s way of escaping reality? Not really. In fact, we chose to travel slow and spread out the destinations within the next 21 days so we could still work and replenish our funds, while also take care of other adult responsibilities that we left at home.

Many of our family and relatives have raised their eyebrows. I’m quite sure they are thinking that we have so much cash to spare that traveling was the only wise way to get rid of some of it. Oh, how I wish.

But for now, it’s all about carefully budgeting whatever money we have, scrimping wherever we can and splurging on what we believe are important, like experiences and education.

at the Park in Davao City
at the Park in Davao City

I recently wrote a short article on whether traveling is a luxury for the ordinary Juan or not. My answer was both yes and no.

We highly believe that the way a person travels, is a great way to judge if a particular trip or not. Did you know that in the first 11 days, we have only spent less than P1000 per day? That already includes two adults and a toddler, by the way.

So, if you can afford paying for a cup of overpriced coffee or a taxi ride every day or a data plan on top of your home Internet plan or the latest high-end phone every few months, I do not see why you could not pay for a quick getaway.

And, what about adult responsibilities, you ask? It’s all a matter of priorities.

Traveling like an expert
Traveling like an expert

I’m not the best in budgeting and I’ve switched that role out with the partner. True, there are still other bills we have to take care of but, in our defense, we are trying to keep our expenses just as we might when we move out of my parents’ house and live on our own. We might have saved a bit more this time around since we had no utility bills to worry about.

There still is no escaping those adult responsibilities, unfortunately, but you can just lessen and reprioritize things, so you can afford a little luxury in life.

by the beach
by the beach

In the end, whenever the partner and I ask ourselves if we have made the right decision, we ask our little girl. She says she still wants to travel more and we can see her enthusiasm in the way she runs and says “Let’s Go!” whenever we tell her we were visiting a new place.

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