There are about 20 days until my FIRST vacation abroad and I could not be more excited. Now is the time to start seeing the world. You might not want to see everywhere, but I’m sure you have a few places added to your bucket list. So what’s stopping you? How about I share some of my favorite excuses when it came to planning a vacation.
1. Who Will I Go With?
When it comes to vacations, everyone wants to go, but only a few will actually commit, and even then it’s very hard to nail down a destination, the same time frame, and similar budgets. My friends and I would discuss our dream vacations, where we want to go, what we want to see, what we want to do. We spent hours putting together potential itineraries and estimating costs. When the planning starts to become a reality people would lose interest or refocus their plans to something smaller scale, closer to home, less time away and just easier to manage. Stop doing this. If you want to go somewhere, just do it. You’re GROWN, you can do whatever you want! Don’t be afraid to travel alone. I will be trying this for the first time in September so I will give you my first hand experience then, but my bestie has been traveling on and off for the past few years by herself and when she gets back from her latest adventure I’m going to share her travel tips with all of you!
2. I Don’t Have The Time
While I was a student, I used to count down the days to graduation and when I would start a full time job. Now I would LOVE to go back to a time when I had regularly designated vacation time (winter break, summer break, spring break, yom kippur, literally any other holiday). Now I have to use my precious, and hard-earned paid-time-off whenever I want to spend a day out of the office. As a young employee, still relatively new in your career and job, it may seem impossible to take a vacation. Keep in mind, you earned those PTO hours, and they are for you to use wisely. Save them up and take some time to escape your everyday life and setting. If you have the flexibility of making your own schedule then you should absolutely be using that to your advantage.
3. I’m Broke
We’re all broke. If you weren’t, then you likely wouldn’t be reading this article because you wouldn’t need to talk yourself OUT of vacationing. The one, most glorious thing I’ve learned about money in my 25 years of living is this: it comes and goes. Of course it’s important to save for a rainy day, and be responsible in your spending. But let’s get real here, how prepared do you need to be for every potential issue that may arise in your life? Every once in a while you need to “treat yo self” and experience something new. The first couple of times, spending the money will be hard, but then you’ll realize, you continue to earn money, so spend some!! Be smart about it and use traveling as an opportunity to build your credit history. Most banks/airlines offer a travel rewards card that comes with points/frequent flier miles per dollar spent.If you start a mileage program while you’re young, the points will be STACKED by the time you’re planning honeymoons and babymoons, and family vacations. I will share some more information on how you can travel on a budget in an upcoming article.
Over the past few years I’ve taken a few short vacations with friends around the US but I avoided booking any actual vacations. I finally took the plunge in December 2013, and booked my FIRST vacay. I’m going to London and Paris for a week in September. 8 months ago I booked my first vacation, and it’s right around the corner so bare with me as I dive into a few travel related posts this month.
When and where was your last vacation? Seriously, give me some ideas for my next trip in the comments below!!