day drudgery and stress. When we think
about getting away we usually think about the Caribbean, Europe
or someplace exotic. Then we look at our
pockets and get “depressed”. So what can
we do? Is the “good life” only for the
rich and famous? NO! Not if you make a few modifications in your
mind, your pockets and your expectations.
look at the purpose of a vacation. The #1
reason is to get away and relax. #2 is having
fun with friends and family and #3 is exploring new adventures while expanding
your view of the world by seeing something new. So why do we need to go far away? Look in your own backyard! Like Dorothy in the Wizard of OZ, “There’s no
place like home!”
to a lot of New Yorkers who have not seen the many wonders of this city. How about you? Every city has history, old
neighborhoods, all types of museums etc. State parks are a hidden treasure.
They have camping areas and some have free activities for kids and adults. Tap into your local Department of
Tourism. You’d be surprised at the gems
the top 3 ways to have a vacation on a modest budget.
for it! Most banks and credit
unions offer vacation clubs. You
can put a few dollars away each paycheck and get a lump sum in time to
plan (and pay for) your vacation.
for discounts! Many places offer discounts if you are traveling off
season. Websites like Kayak.com offer comparisons of websites offering
deals on hotel rooms, rental cars and packages. Check with your job. Many
offer corporate discounts on car rentals, theme parks, city sites etc. Organizations
like AAA and AARP offer discounts on the same even though you have to join
and pay an annual fee.
Save the cost of airline, train or bus tickets and put the money in your
gas tank. Especially if you are
traveling with more than 2. If you do drive, a little preparation goes
your car checked by a mechanic.
Oil changes, wheel alignments, proper tire inflation etc will help
in fuel efficiency and safety.
at a constant speed. Use your cruise control. Gas is wasted with Herky
your route! In the age of the GPS
we tend to forget about maps. Carry one with you in the car. I have been on the dirt road that leads
to nowhere following my GPS.
These are just a few suggestions. What were your best “bargain” vacations? Share your thoughts. Enjoy the summer!