Saturday, June 9, 2018

Life Choices

One of the challenges of being single is that I don't have a significant other to help me with major life/financial decisions.  On the flip side, not having to take anyone else's opinions into consideration is also a plus of being single.

When I retired I had a lot of decisions to make about finances.  It made me nervous but so far they seem to be working out.  Yesterday, I made another big choice.

I won't bore you with the backstory and all the mental to-and-froing I did before I made the decision but bottom line, I plunked down a deposit on the Holland America World Cruise in 2020.  Not my first, I first sailed the Rotterdam on the 2000 World Cruise.  In 2020, I'll be on the sister ship - the Amsterdam.

This will be home for 128 nights.

That means I'll be on a strict budget (and diet) for the next 1 1/2 years.  And will be doing a lot of planning and research.

The itinerary for this cruise is what sold me.  It will let me visit my 7th continent and 92nd country.  And most of the places at the top of my bucket list, including the Maldives, Seychelles and South Africa.  Check out the whole itinerary here. 

Am I nervous about spending this kind of money on a one-time adventure?  Oh, yeah.  Am I uber excited about it?  YES!

Now I just need to figure out a way to help finance this trip in case I live to be an old lady.

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