Create a vacation that you will love and afford!
Sit for a moment and take a deep breathe! Dream of a place that would allow you to put aside the stresses of every day life; a place that allows for rejuvenation. Whether you have young children, teenagers or no children, you can create a vacation that fits your situation, is affordable for you, and enjoyable for everyone.
First, create the kind of vacation that is appropriate for you and your family.
- Camping or renting a condo on the beach; Shell hunting, playing in the sand, taking in the surf.
- Renting a cabin in the woods; hike, geocaching, meet around a campfire.
- Visiting multiple destinations; living history lessons, site seeing, photographic opportunities.
- Camping in your home state; relax, cook over a campfire, ride bikes.
You get the picture! Decide what is best for your situation, and begin planning.
Second, check your budget to see what vacation is affordable for you.
When evaluating your budget every year, set aside reasonable funds for a vacation. It is very important to stay within that budget, to alleviate unnecessary stress and to allow for future vacations. Would owning a recreational vehicle be in your future? Keep in mind, financial gurus recommend setting aside money and paying for your RV in cash. When you own your RV, it can allow for more options and reduce the expense of lodging.
Third, how much time can you take off from life?
America has been known for the “no vacation nation.” Americans are slowly beginning to change that reputation. The typical recommendation for a vacation is two weeks, and for the majority of people that is a long time to be away. Our family aims for a minimum of 10 days. It doesn’t always work that way, but 10 days does allow for travel, recreation, and relaxing. The factors to be considered is; how much time will your employer allow off, do you have activity commitments that can be put on hold for 10-14 days, and lastly, do you have the money set aside for that length of time.
Fourth, what is a feasible destination for your allotted vacation time?
When you have little kids you might like to travel less and play more. If visiting multiple destinations is your goal, you will want to carefully plan out a loop or how far is reasonable to travel during the days you have of off from work and life.
Lastly, what kind of accommodations is affordable? Tent, RV, Cabin, Hotel or Resort?
The advantage of staying in a tent, RV, or cabin, is being able to prepare all your own meals. Choosing to cook over a campfire, grill or prepare your food in your RV saves a tremendous amount of money.
The decision of choosing your accommodations can depend on your location as well. There are many options; weight them carefully and evaluate which one fits your family and budget.
Are you ready to get away for a few days? It is possible, but it must be a priority for it to become a reality. It’s important to take the time to think through your interests, choose a destination wisely, and make it fit your budget. Enjoy dreaming, planning, and making that vacation happen! Keep in mind that taking time out for a vacation will improve your health.
One of my favorite vacation destinations is camping a few yards from the ocean at Myrtle Beach, SC. I love hearing the sound of the waves and smelling the ocean air.
What is your favorite vacation destination for taking a break from life?
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