The operative word below the picture is curse. Big changes are coming next year, whether we like them or not. There will be many unknowns for everyone, and “interesting” times will most likely be arriving sooner rather than later, maybe sooner than we’d like or are prepared for.
Because we don’t know if any of the changes to Social Security, Medicare, health care, etc. that have been threatened by the incoming Congress will actually occur, and if they do, when and how they will affect us, we have decided that instead of traveling as much as we had planned in 2017 we will instead stick close to home for most of the year and fatten up our savings account. We can afford the trips we had planned, and think we’re going to be OK, but we’d rather err on the “safer” side. Brett, YaYu and I are still going to Japan in March, but I’ve decided to hold off on the second trip in June with WenYu, Meiling and friends, and we will also put off a planned fall Mystery Vacation™. Money that would have gone towards these two trips will instead go into our savings account.
Once we get a better feel for how things are going to shake out, we can decide what we want to and will be able to do in 2018, although we’ve already started planning something. If nothing else, we’ll be taking YaYu to college somewhere that year, and will also be getting all three girls to school and home for the holidays and other breaks.
We’re not giving up on travel completely though. There are terrific and affordable staycations to be taken on Kaua’i, and we may be able to swing a short trip over to one of the other islands. We’ll see. But other than Japan, we’ve put plans for any other “big” travel in 2017 on hold. That doesn’t mean though that I still won’t be thinking about it all the time!
May you live in interesting times.