How Traveling is Making Us ‘Rich’

We’re fresh off the high of booking our next adventure, so we thought we’d hop on here and share our excitement!

They say that travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer – and we couldn’t agree more. Through our travels, we’ve gained a broader perspective on life and love, more appreciation for other cultures, a deeper sense of community and a more fulfilling purpose in life. (Not to mention we’ve gained a lifetime of memories and a strengthened bond between us!)

We used to envy people who traveled the world and returned home with renewed spirits. But not long ago, we realized that we could do the same thing. What was holding us back?

Don’t get us wrong: We have a mortgage, car payments and student loan debt. We don’t come from wealthy families and haven’t earned a big inheritance. We have bills, 9-to-5 jobs and responsibilities at home.

But we made a commitment to each other and to ourselves that we wouldn’t be the kind of couple who spent their lives wondering, “What if?” We use our much-deserved PTO, plan in advance, budget accordingly and make it happen.

So here’s where our next big adventure is taking us:

Over the course of 13 days in September and October, we’ll be driving from Indianapolis to the Grand Canyon, over to Albuquerque then back to Indiana.

We’ll cross nine states (maybe more, if we venture beyond our planned excursion), sleep in seven different cities, visit at least four national parks, spend more than 50 hours driving and end the first leg of the trip watching more than 500 hot air balloons fill the Albuquerque sky on our second wedding anniversary.

We’ll become rich in thought, in experiences and in memories. We’ll return refreshed and rejuvenated, and probably a little worn out. Most importantly, we’ll do all of this together.

And at the end, we’ll still have our bills to pay, our pets to take care of and our jobs to return to. No, we’re not getting paid to travel, but becoming rich is about far more than making money. It’s about having joy in your heart, experiences to hold on to and someone to cherish the journey with.

What do you think? How are your travels making you “rich”? Share with us in the comments!

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