Sacrificing past, present, and future for our trip
I'm just going to put this out there....we're sacrificing past, present, and future to go on this around the world trip.
The past because we had to save a ton of money to make it happen (we didn't spend much income/bonuses *tear drop* on "fun" things).
The present because we're going to have to significantly cut down out lifestyle (mainly eating out, torture for us foodies) in order to afford this trip without going into any debt.
The future because we're putting all saving and investing (yes, even 401k *gasp*) on hold.
But guess what...great things don't come without sacrifice.
And let me tell you, this trip will be incredible and the lifetime of experiences will be more than worth it.
So when you say, "I wish I could do that..." you can. If we can figure it out and convince our bosses that this wouldn't be an extended vacation, you can take that shot as well. You can find remote work. You can freelance to cover an income gap (why is Switzerland, Hong Kong, and Australia so expensive????).
Make a choice. Develop a plan. Take a risk. Embrace sacrifice. Reap the rewards.