From the school years and on, most of us have grown up with that wonderful notion of summer vacations spent anywhere else but a classroom, and now – we hope – anywhere away from a desk, office, or time clock. Many people save their time off and money for their yearly escapes, but is there a better way to get some relaxation time? These are some of the reasons I am skipping a summer vacation.
Less bang for your buck.
The most popular destinations for tourists and vacationers in the summer months know they are the most popular, and their prices reflect it. Therefore, we end up spending more money for lesser values, whether in accommodation costs, tourist attractions, or novelty items. When the demand is higher, the cost rises to weed out the tight-budgeted.
Road trips are less economical options
If you do not have the money for plane tickets, then you might think you are saving some cash by driving to your vacation destination. However, using the same principal above, this option can take more time and an equal amount of money, depending on the distance and the kind of vehicle, etc. Furthermore, if you plan on driving in even the semi-comfort of an air-conditioned car, be ready to pay for it in gas mileage.
When we took long breaks from school and now when we take significant work vacations, we have a difficult transition to make on our return. Even harder is the thought of waiting another year for a few weeks of relief. Just like binge drinking, we are susceptible to vacation hangovers.
Shorter getaways more often
My partner and I like to make a habit of periodically taking a long weekend out of town, whether at Disneyland or in some secluded, peaceful place. These mini trips give us things to look forward to more often and help us pace ourselves through the whole year instead of spending all our reserves on one trip. Ironically, those who save all their vacation might be headed for “burnout”.
Getting paid for less work
Varying with the industry, many businesses slow down in the summer months because there are no major holidays other than the Fourth of July, tax season has ended, and a good part of the population is on vacation. Hence, you might get a break while getting paid.
On the hand, there are plenty of options for those of us who need to make some extra money between school years, and this is when the fun jobs come to town. If you enjoy working with kids and being outside, there are summer camps all over that need camp counselors and activity directors. An extra perk is that some of them even pay for your room and board, which means you save money on rent and food.
Overall, you can use the summer vacation months to your advantage and still get the relaxation opportunities you need throughout the year to function at your highest level.