fog in Lanzarote

What to do when your partner is made redundant?

What to do when your partner is made redundant? Oh well, I booked a bunch of holidays.

For the non UK readers being made redundant means you are going to be unemployed as your services are no longer required. It can happen for different reasons. I might cover this redundancy thing in another post at some point in the future.

We knew what was about to happen for a long time but it was not until most recently that we found out the exact date. The normal thing to do, I guess, would be to save up to be ready for hard times. As you never know when another job will come through.

The thought of saving up did cross our minds at some point but we didn’t actually do it. Instead we kept doing everything as usual.

When the date was set I started planning a two week holiday straight away. No, I didn’t book anything crazy expensive. But I saw it as a good opportunity to go explore a new place and to rest since he had the time off anyway. He had worked in the same place for way too long so a good break was a must.

A new job did take time to come through. Even though he got one on the first interview the start date took longer than expected to come. In the meantime we went on two extra holidays. We had my birthday to celebrate and later in June our anniversary. Both great excuses to go away for a little bit.

No, we are not rich. But we do manage our money quite well or at least I like to think we do. All three holidays were great and now we are back to business as usual, as in we both have to book time off from work.

quinta da regaleira

Stressful Times

We are now less than a month away from our first official visit to Portugal this year!

And, yes, I am super used to booking holidays all the time throughout the year. And, no, we do not need to think about where we are staying as we have our own bedroom there (actually we have two now). But it is one of the most stressful holidays to plan.

So we have time for everyone and everything we need to do There is a lot of thinking that goes into it.

There is a day when we sit down and panic! That day was today. We look at the calendar and juggle the dates. We figure out a thousand possible combinations to make it work.

This time we must renew our passports as they expire in December. So it really needs to be done. There is also a birthday, a possible weekend with my family, friends to see and a new restaurant to visit. Pretty sure I am forgetting something but I am only human.

I would also love to escape for a couple of days to have some real holiday time. Hopefully I can fit that in too. Wish me luck.
Ibiza Pool

What are your priorities?

Following up on the last post I feel that it is important to talk about priorities when it comes to money.

Not all of us have the same priorities. And that is OK.

In reality most of us cannot have it all. That is why we need to get our priorities right.

Depending on what makes you happy you might need to compromise on the non essentials. These will be different for everyone. Only you know what are the things you feel OK to go without.

You might want a really nice flat and being a home owner is important to you. This might mean you won’t be able to afford to go on holiday often or at all.

If you love your social life and spending time and money at the pub makes you happy you might not be able to afford a car.

I would like to have a bigger house, a car and faster internet but I am OK without it if it means I am able to travel more.

Have a clear idea of what your priorities are, don’t be afraid to compromise on non essentials and live your life the way that makes you happy.
Ibiza En Bossa Minnie

How can I travel so much?

If you’ve been reading from the start you might be questioning how can I keep up with all the travelling, how I can afford it and how do I get so much time off.

I do get those questions in person quite often whenever I mention I am going somewhere. And honestly I don’t think I have ever answered those properly.

It is understandable that it might sound odd to most of you that I am able to go away so many times in a year. It is July now and I have already been away 4 times!

The maths: 25 days of holiday every year = 5 weeks. On top of that I also try to get a few more days using bank holidays and weekends.

I don’t take days off to stay in London. Unless I need it to sort something out or go to the doctor (I try to do this before or after work whenever possible). And I get back to work the day after I land in London. Last time I got home after 3am and still made it to work that morning.

Now, lets talk money. I know not many people open up about this. It is a bit of a taboo.

Usually I don’t go on crazy expensive holidays but I do splurge on special occasions. And sometimes destinations just turn out to be more expensive than expected, like Switzerland.

Our salaries are a little below the average in the UK and if we had a “normal” lifestyle we would probably not be able to afford to go away so often.

Instead of renting a 1 bedroom house in a trendy area we rent a studio flat in zone 3/4 of London. We don’t own a car or go out for drinks every week. We don’t watch TV (saving on TV license here) and have a cheap broadband service. Also this year was the first time we got a contract phone, up to that point we were spending only about £20 a month each on our phones.

We have also lived in a flat share for about 5 years. It was tough at times but it allowed us to save more money.

Hopefully this post gave you an idea on how we are able to do all the travelling while living in London. If you have any questions please ask away in the comments.

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