The “No Vacation Nation” has a problem with getting away from it all and taking time to smell the roses! With a business culture that averages two weeks off per year, taking those mini-vacations becomes increasingly important.
1) Be creative: Money is not your biggest obstacle for the perfect getaway, it’s your imagination! Look at ways to explore your local neighborhood… become an expert on your area and spend time getting to know what makes your town the “perfect” place to live.
2) Be spontaneous: the internet provides a wealth of last-minute deals… some in your area and some around the world. Take a day off and make it a three day get away. Some travel websites provide discounted airfare and vacation packages for last minute deals.
3) Be prepared: Nothing stops a great trip like having to pack and make sure you’re ready to step out your front door. Have a “Last Minute” Checklist and have a “Go bag” ready with the essentials. Shop for some easy to pack clothes that you only use for your travels. Don’t forget to bring something special to wear so you can make it a memorable getaway (and have your passport ready… you never know!).
4) Be Frugal: A sudden drain in your checkbook will quickly stop future getaways, so plan a budget that works. Set aside a small monthly allotment for your enjoyment and then ONLY use it for getaways. Use sites like Groupon.com and LivingSocial.com to discover deals in your area!
5) It takes a village: Having friends, co-workers, and family should be one of your greatest assets. Sites like TripAdvisor.com, TripWiser.com, and even Facebook.com allow you and your friends (and the friends you haven’t met yet!) to share their favorite spots to hang out, the “Must Sees” in an area they’ve visited, and what to avoid at that next destination. Their point of view can shed light on things you never considered and it just might turn out that a BBQ in your neighbor’s yard may be just what you needed.