Wednesday, August 22, 2012

To London or not to London

That is the question. 

Some of you might remember that I really, really wanted to go to London this year. I have two friends living there who I'm really craving to see. One I haven't seen in over a year, and the other I haven't seen in over FIVE years! Boo!

Here's the dilemma: 

Even though I CAN afford it, SHOULD I afford it?

I did a budget a bit ago, and I figure Sean and I can go for seven nights in early October for about $3,000. Actually, probably less than that, because I was budgeting $120/day for food (beer, exchange rate and all that), and I bet we could do it for less. We could stay with my friends for at least 3-4 nights, and I have a credit for a night's hotel, as well as credit card points for another 1-2 nights. So, really, it would just be paying for flights and food, right?

My hold up is this - should I keep the money in my savings like a good grown up? We're trying to buy a house, which is ALWAYS more money than you're planning. Then there's stuff to fill that house, stuff to fix, etc, etc. And, the $3k would definitely help towards that.

But there's something still tugging me to go - I really want to see my friends, to see London, to have a nice trip with Sean. I want to do something memorable to celebrate (albeit belatedly) my 30th birthday. And I get the feeling that once we get the house, once we do all that grown up stuff, we won't have the time, money, whatever to travel like this on a whim. 

I was reading PostSecret this morning and this postcard stood out to me:

A sign maybe? What do I do?!?!??


Candace said...

You always can find a million reasons to put off anything because it's not entirely practical so I'd say I like your thinking woman! This would probably be the last big trip you take for awhile so enjoy that semi last hurrah for all it's worth!

MonsteRawr said...

This is my 100% honest opinion. Take it for what it's worth.

Were it me, I wouldn't take that trip until after I was in my new house and it was set up exactly as I like it. You said yourself that buying a house always costs more than planned, and while a trip to London would be wicked fun now, you're going to live in your house for years to come. I wouldn't risk jeopardizing my dreams of owning a home for a trip.

But from the sounds of it, you've already pretty much decided that you're going, you're just looking to justify it to yourself. Can't help you there, but you don't need my permission. If you want to go, then go.

addy said...

@MR - THANK you! I think that would definitely be the sensible thing to do, but I think you're right that we've already pretty much decided to go. The nice thing is that this trip wouldn't jeopardize our house dream, we just might not have a new couch for a while!

Hillary said...

I'm a bad grownup. I'm totally going to encourage you to go. You're only young once. You don't have babies. Or a mortgage. We put off our honeymoon for various reasons and now here we are, 4 years later with a huge mortgage and a wee baby and NO POSSIBLE WAY of going on a honeymoon anytime soon. I mean, I love my kid and wouldn't trade him for a honeymoon but kids (and mortgages) definitely limit your freedom. GO TO LONDON!

alexa - cleveland's a plum said...

GO!!!!! GO!!!