Thursday, 28 July 2016

Why I Love Not Having a Car Right Now

Ok, so this isn't going to last long but right now we don't have a car. We had to sell our old one when we moved country. We just haven't gotten round to going around dealerships and discussing financing with them.

Practically, we need a car. Canada isn't set up to be pedestrian friendly. While the buses are great, they're expensive. It would be cheaper to buy a car and get insurance if both of us have to take the bus! It'll get even worse next year when Monkey is 5 and we need to pay for her.

But there are so many benefits to not having a bus. Encouraging us to walk more is just one of those benefits. It's a lot harder now that I'm working again, but when we were looking for furniture, we were easily walking 10,000+ steps a day. One of the days we walked more than 20,000 steps!

This is so great for weight loss, especially as we're trying to save time on grocery shops. We're eating a lot healthier and getting in more fitness.

Once we do have a car, the walking isn't going to stop, but we will have to do things differently. I will be nice to have a car for a grocery shop, since we'll be able to buy in bulk instead. Right now we have to call my aunt if we do want to do a big shop, and we just don't like doing that. We're also not used to not having a car, since I've had one since I passed my test 9.5 years ago.

The benefit of not having a car though is that I'm not reliant on it. If I want to do a short trip, I have to walk. It's not taunting me, telling me I can cut the journey down. I'm encouraged to be fitter and healthier.

Do you have a car? Do you prefer to walk everywhere?