Managing the Vacation Situation: Step Away or Fly Away? Either way…

So far, we’ve covered the extremes of taking a vacation: first, the staycation, where you stick around home and do the things that you don’t normally do; then, the trip-of-a-lifetime-type vacation to exotic Costa Rica.

Whatever your take on the vacation situation, there are some vacation-planning tips that apply to everyone:

  1. Save up the money for your vacation so you can pay in cash
    1. You’re not going to have a very good time if all you’re doing is racking up new debts.
  2. Plan a (flexible) itinerary for days off or your time away
    1. Itineraries are good so you don’t forget to do something you meant to do, but flexibility is key – in case you get an opportunity to do something even better.
  3. Stop the newspaper and the mail while you’re on your break
    1. Even if you’re staying home. If you were AWAY on vacation, you wouldn’t know what came in the mail. Your staycation shouldn’t be any different.
  4. Tell a trusted neighbor that you’ll be away and ask them to keep an eye on your house.

Either way: make an effort to plan at least some activities that everyone will enjoy.

Maybe daddy doesn’t want to go to breakfast with the princesses, but your six year old probably doesn’t want to go golfing or shopping at the outlet mall, either. Everyone should get to choose at least one activity that’s special and just for them. The rest of the crew should try to be gracious during the time spent on the others’ favored activity.

After all, it doesn’t really matter where you go or how much money you spend.

You’re making memories! The point of taking time away is to return feeling relaxed, recharged and refreshed, and there’s no better way to capture those feelings than spending time with the people you love.

What’s your favorite vacation of all time? Leave a comment and let us know. We’d love to hear from you!

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