Most Americans today have fallen into the debt trap and unwittingly have become slaves to their high monthly payments, making it difficult to save additional funds to be able to travel. And even if we could save enough for a nice trip, our jobs keep us on a short leash, allowing only two to three weeks a year for vacation time. The reality is, you can't get very far or do very much in only three weeks.
Well, the Dodds have broken the chains that bind them by following Dave Ramsey's, "Total Money Makeover" plan (http://www.daveramsey.com - Get REAL debt help: Dave Ramsey's Total Money Makeover Plan) and they are now enjoying a SIX MONTH vacation.
1. Get on a budget (not as painful as it sounds. Liberating even.)
2. Use the debt snowball to pay off your debt with gazelle intensity. (Instead of 23 years, it took us 2 1/2 years to pay it off!)
3. Be willing to be uncomfortable. Dave Ramsey says, "Live like no one else, so you can LIVE like no one else."
Well, that is exactly what Ashley and Wesley are doing. They are now able to travel for 6 months. That's right. I said SIX months. How's that for a vacation?! This is typical for Europeans and Australians, but almost unheard of for Americans. I tip my hat to Ashley and Wesley for breaking free of the American debt mindset and living their dreams. I am inspired and hope to follow in their footsteps very soon.
Meanwhile, I will continue to live vicariously through them by following their blog and Youtube channel as they learn about permaculture, WWOOFING and organic gardening...which is another interesting topic in itself. Follow them and learn more.