By: Ann Davis-Rowe
Rent…groceries…student loans…more student loans…it seems there’s always something more greedy for our hard-earned dollars than an actual vacation and time away from the stress of all those things. But you know what? We need vacations. Taking that time away to reset and refocus is priceless.
Well, not literally priceless, sadly. So– how do we pay for the vacation that will pay us back in dividends of rest and relaxation?
For something a bit different, have you considered a volunteer vacation? There are many cons to “voluntourism”, but with some research, you may be able to find an organization that matches your interests and needs your skill set – or lack thereof. GoVoluntouring is one site you may want to look into. If you’re doing a vacation that is also for the good of the planet, you may be able to find some financial support through fundraising.
Just like getting out of debt and saving for retirement, saving for vacation requires planning and sacrifice. But keep your eye on the prize, and you’ll have your toes in the sand in no time.