Why Whisked Away Now Offers Payment Plans

Why Whisked Away Now Offers Payment Plans

When I was a kid, there was this magical purple sparkly bike that I absolutely NEEDED to own.  It had streamers cascading from the white cushy handles, it had a basket with plastic daisies... the works.

This bike?  It was pretty much my destiny.  It was also way above my 10-year old allowance budget, despite my frugal savings.

"No problem," my mom chimed in.  "You can put it on layaway!"

Layaway, you guys.  Whoever thought of this ingenious way to teach kids about the power of saving money, well... they were a genius.  

So in I popped with my $20 or whatever it was, and put my first down payment on the dream.  Dutifully, the guy behind the counter gave me a receipt and moved the purple chariot behind the special layaway counter.  It was officially future-me mine.

Um... but what does this have to do with travel?  Great question.

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Graduate, It's Time to See the World Now

Graduate, It's Time to See the World Now

There is a vivid memory I have of walking into Target with my mother the week after my college graduation.  We ran into a woman, a co-worker and friend of my mom's, and so we stopped and chatted for a bit as she tried to wrangle her baby and toddler, purse and cart.  

An everyday scene, to be sure.  But this one is etched into my brain because of our exchange next to the "everything's a dollar" bins. This harried, happy mother looked me dead in the eyes and said: 

"Travel now.  You must travel now. There will come a time when you can't as much. Travel now."

And of course, when you are a twenty-something receiving advice from a thirty-something, you laugh it off or simply ignore it because you are oh-so-different and special and unique!  You'll be able to travel freely forever!

La dee da!

Luckily for me, I already had plans to travel.  My exuberant 20's included year-long stints in Colorado and Ecuador, and shorter jaunts to Ghana, Peru, Germany, Indonesia, and Mexico.  But I wonder... if I hadn't planned all of that, would I have let my 20's slip by?

Will you?

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