But something is keeping you from going. These seven tips will help you get out of your comfort zone to have the vacation of dreams.
1. Get Just Outside Your Door
Staycation is a vacation buzzword that you’re probably familiar with. While it sounds boring, it can actually be a lot more fun than it seems. You might not have explored the entire area you live in since childhood.
Get the latest brochures from your state or local tourist board. Play tourist for a day by finding a museum, park or historical site you have never visited.
2. Volunteer Vacation
Even though you’ve seen everything in the area, you still want to see more. Sign up to volunteer at a charity organization. Habitat for Humanity always needs extra hands, even if they don’t need your construction experience. Animal shelters are always looking for someone to walk the dogs and play with the cats, to socialize them. Do you have a green thumb Volunteer to help plant trees or flowers at a senior center or retirement community. You can even plant a vegetable garden to offset some of these costs.
Do you have a library that needs help to set up a reading time for children? Perhaps the local shelter needs help baking cookies or serving meals. There are many volunteer vacation opportunities available through Together for Good. Volunteer vacations will not only benefit your community but also allow you to make new friends.
3. Rejoice in being a kid again
Have you ever chased fireflies at night or sat on your back searching for shooting stars? Breaking free from the sometimes-overwhelming stress of our day jobs to let loose and have fun in unexpected ways can be just what you need.
This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to travel or spend a lot of money. Your brain can be given the boost it needs by simply disconnecting from social media, cell phones, and electronics. What was the last time that you screamed at your top of the lungs while riding a rollercoaster? Stress can make the difference between life or death.
4. Live Green for a Day (and not with Envy)
You can join 79% of those who are trying to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and take a vacation near home if you feel you are environmentally conscious. Cars still contribute some greenhouse gases, but planes account for about 10%.
You can reduce your carbon footprint by leaving the car at home. Take a picnic, grab your hiking shoes or bicycle and head out to discover new sights around the corner. You will not only see the area differently than you do from your car’s windows, but you will also be able to get a better view of the surrounding area.
5. Make a local road trip
Now that you have done all of the day trips, it is time to go a little further. Draw a circle around the house using your pin to mark your hometown. It should be approximately a two-to four-hour drive. Make hotel reservations, pack an overnight bag, and choose a destination. You can change your route to home if you’re ready to go the next day. For those who are more adventurous, you might consider going further from home for your road trip. It can be difficult to travel in a car but can be more comfortable in a motorhome. A motorhome purchase can be a significant investment. However, you can pay it off over time with a broker who specializes in this area. A motorhome allows you to enjoy the comforts of home while you travel further afield to discover other areas.
6. Do not be reluctant to make a last-minute deal
Register for last-minute deals alerts on travel websites such as Priceline, Kayak, and Expedia if you are able to leave everything behind and just go. Hotels, airlines, cruise lines and passenger trains don’t like empty rooms and seats. If you enjoy the idea of a planned getaway, you can save up to 50% on your tickets and package deals. A spontaneous trip, even if you do some research before you go can still provide a sense of adventure.
7. Take a Tour and Travel
If you’re still looking for that perfect vacation, but don’t feel comfortable traveling solo, guided tours are the best way to mix in. If there are no rooms available, you can request an upgrade to a larger suite for free.
You can save money on your hotel or ticket by traveling off-season. River cruises such as the ones offered by American Cruise Lines and Uniworld, or Viking River Cruises, take place on smaller vessels than traditional cruise ships. This means that guest to crew ratios will be lower. You might find yourself with more guests if you book your trip during a holiday week like Christmas. You might even end up with an extended family member by the end of your trip.
It doesn’t matter what is stopping you from taking that vacation you have been saving at work. It’s time to let go of the control and enjoy the world around.