Originally Posted by hillenme
Wow, we do have a lot in common, haha. Especially when I first started my job it was all living for the weekend. Even now I am still 1 year away from getting 19 days off a year instead of the 14 I get now - throw in a doctors apointment, apartment search, etc and pretty quickly you get 10 or 12 days to see the world outside your office. I've used that time to bareboat in all the Windward Islands and BVI, horseback ride along the burren in Ireland - some amazing stuff, but in the corporate enviroment in a position with no travel, you often feel like you are craming all your real living into 10 days a year... Ridding yourself of unneeded material possessions is a good start. I traded in owning a car for my boat, since I can buy a monthly Chicago Transit pass for $80 and not spend another dime on transportation.
Yep, the corporate environment is rather soul crushing. We've mostly used our vacation time to go skiing in the winter and hiking/backpacking in the summer (generally in Colorado). Going to be using some to take our boat down to Kentucky lake next week (provided the weather holds), and we are strongly considering doing bareboat cruising certification courses down in the Virgin islands this winter. I wish that we could get away with not having vehicles, but currently we live out in the country away from the city (which I wouldn't trade for living in an apartment...), but at least currently my wife and I are able to ride together 90% of the time to work since she drives right past my employer on the way to hers, saves a good chunk of change and means that our second vehicle can be a big one that is capable of pulling our boat since I don't have to drive it everyday!