The Galapagos Fund has crossed the $5,000 line. We are officially 1/2 of the way there to our $10,000 goal.
I can’t believe it has already been a year since we first started the fund. The $10K goal was daunting from the get-go. When I first wrote about this goal, it was a 4-5 year plan. Then I thought, heck, life is short. I want to go see the turtles NEXT YEAR.
So the new goal is to go to Galapagos in Spring or Summer of 2012. Which means we have just about a year to save up the remaining $5,000.
Here’s how we got to the first $5,000:
- April 5, 2010: We open the account and fund it with $500.
- May 31, 2010: By the end of May, with measly interest and some of my freelance money, the balance has grown to $1,031.30
- June-September 2010: We didn’t put any money in. We get about $1 a month in interest. By the end of September our balance is $1,035.08
- October 31, 2010: $300 of freelance money + $1.01 in interest means we now have $1,336.09
- November 30, 2010: Thanks to CB’s overtime (and the $1-plus in interest), we break the $1.5K mark to reach $1,587.41
- December 31, 2010: HUGE month for the Galapagos Fund thanks to a sudden burst of saving on CB’s part and a work bonus on mine. We end the year with a cool $3,500.00
- January – February 2011: Just interest. Balance at $3,508.54
- March 31, 2011: More freelance money goes into the pot. Pot grows to $4,168.48
- April 19, 2011: $5,613.48! Thanks to CB’s tax refund and my side hustle, we are half way to Galapagos, baby.
We are not as good about eating at home as we could be (understatement of the year), or else this fund would be much plumper. As you can see, we try to put in a few hundred at a time, and sometimes we don’t add to the fund for a few months at a time. But slowly, the money is adding up.
I am so excited about this trip – I don’t even know where I first HEARD of Galapagos. Ever since I started reading about the islands, though, I can’t get them out of my head. I am afraid that I’ve built it up to be so great that the actual vacation can’t possibly match my expectations. In fact, I googled “overrated” and “Galapagos” to try to gauge the experiences of those who were unimpressed with their trip. But I guess I’ll see when I actually go. I’ve also got bitten by the safari bug (see Madame X’s post about the glorious trip she took to Botswana) and have begun to hound CB about going on a safari after Galapagos.
Another $5,000 by April 2011… can we do it? I certainly intend to! It will be so fantastic. I can’t wait to go on this adventure, and I can’t wait to blog all about it.
1. Do you have a travel goal you are saving for?
2. Also, if you have visited the Galapagos, did you think it was worth the time, money, and energy? Would you consider it a “overrated”? I can take brutal honesty!
photo credit: James Preston via Flickr