Some people just need to get away for a vacation to revamp and revitalize their souls. When our children were growing up, we took amazing vacations every other year and as the children got older, we took vacations every year. My husband and I were skilled professionals, and we were still working full-time. We could afford to take the children to amazing places every year.
We continued this throughout the time the kids were at home. We are now retired and our economy is not as good as it was in the 1970s through the 1990s. Like many seniors, we rely on two once a month Social Security checks instead of four paychecks. This really cut into our desire to take extravagant vacations. You might say that finances play a large part of what we do, where we go and how far we go to get away depends upon our current budget. We do not believe in living off a credit card to buy a vacation. If we cannot afford to pay cash, we do not go anywhere on vacation.
Remaining at Home Can Be an Exciting Adventure
This year we are going to keep busy at home. There are many things to do to keep our home up, as homeowners are well aware. Planting flowers and landscaping work is calling our name, so this is on our summer agenda for 2014.
We Will Not Overpay for Gas, Food, Attractions and Accommodations We are Skipping a Vacation this Year
Another reason we chose to stay at home is the ever-fluctuating gasoline prices. In our city, we see gas prices go up and down by as much as $.20 per gallon. We will never understand the reasoning behind gas prices, other than possible greed with the big oil companies. We would rather put this gas prices into our home this year.
I find vacations to be relaxing if you plan right and allow yourself to relax. However, I cannot relax when I find we are overpaying on everything from food, to gasoline, to attractions. Neither my husband nor I can justify the need to spend money like this.
Mini Vacations during the Summertime are Fun and Affordable
I am sure that my husband and I will want to take some small mini trips over the course of a day or two during the summer and there are plenty of things to do and see in and around our city. All we have to do is drive an hour and a half to see a wealth of attractions we have not visited.
Keep My Feet on the Ground or Railroad No Sky or Ocean Travel for Us
We love to travel and have no interest in traveling internationally, because there are plenty of sights within the United States we want to see. This fall we are planning to try out the Amtrak for a weekend in Chicago, visiting relatives and museums. This is a big enough get-a-way for us at this point. Maybe next year we will plan to take the grandchildren to Florida to Walt Disney World by Amtrak.
We want to do more traveling via Amtrak as neither of us appreciate flying anymore and seniors do not especially like to spend long hours in a car. The Amtrak answers this dilemma for us, and we will plan for future trips via Amtrak.
For now, for this year we are content to stay where we are and do what we feel like doing.
By personal experience only