I just watched this trailer for Away We Go (with Jim!) and it brought up all those nagging feelings I have been experiencing since we bought the house. Settling down is scary! We are young, relatively – only 26. I have lived in Montreal my whole life. I have been to Europe once, only France though and only for a couple of weeks. I have a list of places I want to visit and none of them are being scratched off any time soon. I worry that buying this house is costing us that freedom that young people have. We don’t have any kids right now. We have minimal debt. Our jobs, although they are good, aren’t necessarily our lifetime careers. This is the time in our lives where we should be taking those risks and travelling, no? And now that the house will be eating up so much of our money, it seems like we may never get to backpack across Europe, or go and work at a bar on a beach in Australia, or visit Ireland and see where our ancestors came from. A house is all I have wanted, and we have talked about, for so long…but. A rather important but. What are we giving up to get this? Is there a way we can do both? That is what I am counting on. By buying this house early and working hard to get the bills under control, maybe we will be in a better position to do all those other things in a few years time. Alright, we probably won’t be able to spend 6 months wandering through Europe. But we can take a few weeks, and start working down our list one place at a time, one experience at a time. But this movie sure tugs at a few of those doubts.