What’s your dream vacation? Laying on a beach somewhere sipping margaritas? A week looking at art in a museum in France? Hitting the slopes? If your checkbook is the only thing stopping you, then I have good news for you. There are ways to travel even car payments, entry-level salary, student loans or whatever else is bogging you down.
I love Groupon! Unless you’ve been living under a rock, I’m sure you’ve heard of it. Select the city, the adventure and watch the deals load. Discounted hotels, massages, you name it, there is probably a Groupon deal for it. Want to go to the country and take horseback riding lessons? There’s a Groupon for that. I got an amazing deal at the Hard Rock Hotel in Vegas on Groupon!
I’ve lived in Texas my whole life and constantly find new places and things to try. Google things to do near your city and you may be surprised what you find. Pack up your car (or hell buy a bus ticket), grab your best friend and go check out something new. Cross the city limits, get out of town for a few hours and let your mind hit reset.
Split the ticket
Often companies give group rates. So try to set up group vacations and look for group packages. This one is as simple as it sounds.
The more the merrier. The more the cheaper.
What’s a staycation? Taking some time off from work and major responsibilities but not leaving town. If done properly a staycation can be the reboot you need. Take a few days off and make plans with friends you hardly see, take your significant other lunch, rent your favorite movies, book a massage at a local massage school (because the staff is in training, messages are often as much as 50% off) buy the ingredients to make your favorite dishes or see what free activities your local community center has. If you plan a few days of fun out of the office you will feel refreshed.
Have enough money for a ticket but not for a hotel? Sites like Mindmyhouse.com allow users and homeowners to connect. Homeowners from all over the world use tools like this. Typically free for both parties.
Between passport fees, flight, hotel, food and spending money, a weeklong vacation to Hawaii may not seem possible until the year 2040, but what’s to stop you from some fun in the sun right now? Yes, your dream trip may be a ways away, but what about renting a room at a B&B near the lake and enjoying some tubing? Can’t fly to the Louvre… Have you been to the museum downtown?
I grew up in a southern and sassy family who incorporated “turn of phrases” into most conversations. Two of my mom’s favorites:
“It will work if you work it.”
“Fake it till you make it.”
I’m not saying scratch these amazing place off your bucket list, but while you save up for them don’t sit at home sulking. Go make some adventures in the mean time!