It’s easy to plan vacations when you’re in college – fall break, spring break, fake break (Elon kids), but in the real world with jobs that don’t give a lot of vacation days, finding time to take fun trips with your friends is hard. Up until recently my jobs didn’t offer me paid time off, so flights other than to see my family for major holidays were basically a no-no. BUT, rejoice everyone, because I have officially booked my first friend vacation post college! I’m meeting my best friend in New Orleans for a nice long weekend in April (and yes, recommendations on where to eat and what to see are encouraged).
It’s important in this rat race of your early twenties years to remember to take your time and have some fun – all work and no play and all that. The sad thing is, most people have a ton of vacation days that go unused throughout the year. GET YOUR VACATION BACK, AMERICA.
Seriously, your office will be fine without you for a couple days. Now’s the time to travel and see some stuff, even if all you want to see is the inside of a jazz club and get your tarot cards read like me. If you aren’t flush with the cash to drop on a trip, grab your friends and take a road trip somewhere, or even play tourist in your own city. These little things will break up the monotony that we all discover quite quickly can come with a real world job. Vacations give you something to look forward to and something to look back on and smile.
A few tips of the trade I used when booking my trip – check out every single airline carrier from each airport close by. I had a nice sheet of paper going with prices for two different weekends from two different airports plus every airline carrier that airport had. It helps to be a bit Type-A when you plan stuff like this, especially if you’re scouring for deals. Book your flights about 6 weeks in advance of your trip to avoid the prices hiking up on you constantly, and if you’re a daring person book your hotel through the non-refundable rate, which will give you a discount. Traveling with one of your besties? Book a King sized bed, no need for two Queens when it’s more expensive and you’ve known each other forever. Use sites like Trivago that can compare prices for hotels of a bunch of different websites – similar to Kayak for flights, and actually they do hotels as well.
Long story short – treat yo’ self because you can find a way to afford it and your office can afford to lose you for a couple days while you galavant around remembering why life is so great. Safe travels!