Adulting is Hard

Wake up. Eat. Work. Eat. Work. Eat. Sleep

Wake up. Eat. Work. Eat. Work. Eat. Sleep

Wake up. Eat. Work. Eat. Work. Eat. Sleep

Wake up. Eat. Work. Eat. Work. Eat. Sleep

Wake up. Eat. Work. Eat. Work. Eat. Sleep

Recover

Recover

REPEAT FOREVER!

That above, in a nutshell, is adult life. We kill ourselves 5 days a week to just spend the next 2 recovering so we can kill ourselves again for another 5. We work our butts off so out of 365 days of the year, we have money to do what we want for only 124 of them (52 weekends plus 4 weeks annual leave).

I hate to adult.

One of the reasons I think Disney is so appealing to so many of us is it gives a break from, for lack of a better word, adulting.

But sometimes adulting is inevitable.

Enter the mortgage.

Currently my wife and I are preparing to buy our first home. I use the term home very loosely as for within our budget in Melbourne I’ll be living in something similar in size to Walt’s apartment above the firehouse.

Now the first step is always saving. Literally taking every cent you earn above what it costs for your current rent and food and putting it into an account and watching it, very, very slowly creep towards the amount you need to be able to go to the bank and say “I have all this money! I’d like some debt please!”

Now how does this relate to Disney? Well, this is where adulting comes into it.

There are times in our lives where we need to take a step back and think about what’s best for 10 years from now rather than what do I want right this second.

Right this second I want to be planning a Disney trip for next year, and the year after that and the year after that and so on and so forth. I want to spend $10-15K just on Disney every single year. But, I can’t do that and save for a home as quickly as I need to. Owning a home is an investment, and like all investments, the sooner you invest, the better the returns.

This kills me. The thought that I won’t be able to go to Disney till at least 2020 makes me anxious. Also, the only way I will even be able to go in 2020 is if I manage to reduce my fortnightly spending enough to save an additional $150 per fortnight outside the house deposit for the next 3 years.

So that’s sacrificing a lot right now, for a 3 week trip in three years time.

And that’s hard because it’s not like Disney is my only interest. I’m a sneaker head and love to buy nice new sneakers, I like going out for dinner and to the cinemas and lots of other things. So I will be reducing the amount of times I get to do these things in order to satisfy my Disney addiction in 3 years time.

But the most important question is; is it worth it?

That’s a very good question and probably one I wont know the answer to until 2021.

This is an element that is much worse for us who are Disney Detached.

Why?

Well when you live so far away from something, it costs a lot more to get there.

Flights from Melbourne to LA are usually somewhere between $1,100 and $1,400 return for economy. So for myself and my wife that’s $2,800 just in flights to get to Disney.

When you are spending that much to get somewhere, you usually choose to stay longer to make the most of the cost of the airfare. However staying longer also costs more.

You see the problem?

Trips to Disney for Aussies are very expensive which means we have to usually make larger sacrifices in order to visit event half as often as an American of similar financial standing.

This is just a reality, one I have accepted and try to mentally deal with each and every day.

However there are ways to cheat…a 5 night trip to Aulani is only $5,000 in August. I gotta go call my wife!

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