Now that the holidays are nearly over, my thoughts are turning to Summer. I know it sounds silly to be thinking of Summer vacation now, but I know that the next few months are going to pass by quickly and if I don’t make our plans now for Summer, I will be way behind when I finally get around to it. I have to jockey everyone’s schedules to make it all happen and it usually takes months of planning to do it.
Planning your summer vacation now makes sense for a couple of reasons. First, it gives you something to look forward to. If you’re planning a beach vacation, during stressful times you can remind yourself that in a few short months you’ll be relaxing on a beach. A trip to another city is sure to provide opportunities for new cultural experiences. Whatever type of vacation you prefer, knowing that a vacation is coming soon is certain to help break up the monotony of your regular life.
Getting your summer vacation planning started now also helps you get prepared for your vacation. That summer vacation may encourage you to start a new diet to lose those five extra pounds before you put on a swimsuit. A trip that includes sports activities like hiking may require a little effort to build your endurance before the big getaway. Even that trip to another city may require some planning to make sure that you fit in all of the attractions that you’d like to see.
Finally, and possibly most importantly, planning your summer vacation now allows you enjoy your vacation without incurring any debt. After you’ve decided where you’d like to go, you’ll need to estimate the cost of your trip. Then, divide the total cost of the trip by the number of weeks that are left before your trip. By putting this amount into savings each week, you’ll be able to pay for your vacation in cash.
Imagine the peace of mind that will come from having saved enough money ahead of the time for your vacation. People who are unable to pay for their vacations before leaving home put everything on their credit cards. Each time they have to pull their cards from their wallets they inwardly cringe at the thought of the bills that will be waiting for them at home when their vacations are over. Fortunately, that won’t be a problem for you. By making a plan to save enough cash to pay for your vacation ahead of time, you’ll be able to totally forget about finances for the duration of your holiday.
Planning your summer vacation now is a great winter diversion. Planning ahead of time makes you more prepared to enjoy your time away from the real world. Just be certain to include planning for the financial aspects of your vacation, too.