You know that vacations improve your health, create stronger connections with your travel partners, and expand your view of the world. There are those of you who know this and travel; there are those of you who know this and think you can’t.
As I’ve said here before, there’s little else that makes me crazier than hearing “I can’t.” Here’s a few ways to help you consider how you can.
- Vacation where you are. Sure, the “stay-cation” is the latest trend… but there is something to it. Almost everyone neglects some interesting things in their own city or town that tourists check out when they visit. Within 100 miles of your home there are bound to be museums, historical sites, hiking or biking trails, or unique eateries that you haven’t yet explored. Take a day or a long weekend and check them out.
- Plan. When my sister-in-law decided to put away $50 from each paycheck, she had enough money to go to an all-inclusive resort in the tropics within 12-24 months. Each of her family members did this and they were all able to go together. Even small amounts add up over time. Give up your daily coffee or eating out once a week and put it in a travel account.
- Be prepared. My husband traveled to Europe for the first time FREE because he had his passport ready to go. Another friend traveled to China at a reduced cost because a friend asked her to join her on business travel. If you don’t have a passport, you’ll never get out of the country. If you do, you might.
- Make vacationing a priority. I mentioned this week that my parents were fans of extensive road trips (from Fargo, ND we DROVE to South Padre Island, TX and to Banff in Alberta, Canada – and we’ve done this with our kids as well). Growing up on a farm, the only way my parents could escape work was to physically leave. So we did, whether we had money or not. Years without money included very rustic camping and some hotels we’d rather forget. But we also created memories that last a lifetime.
Regardless of how you choose to travel, I encourage you to figure out a way to take a real break from the day-to-day.
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