Before you know it, summer will be here and vacation season will be in full swing. If you are one of those people who forgets to start planning for vacation until June arrives, it can be stressful figuring out where you are going to go and even more stressful on your budget. Make this year your year to plan ahead and start planning your summer vacation today.
Summer Vacation for Teachers
Dream Big and Small
Summer vacations do not have to be a huge trip or excursion to be memorable. Some of your family’s most exciting and talked about vacations may be the day trips to local attractions or an overnight trip to the beach. When you are planning where you want to go, remember that those trips are just as much fun as the week-long stay at Disney World. Jot down the big trips you would like to take and be sure to include the day trips and overnights, as well.
One of the keys to a successful vacation is to budget for it. This eliminates the stress of having to dip into other funds to pay for the trip. By starting to save in January, your coffers will be much more full than if you wait until May to start putting money aside. Be realistic about how much you can save each month. Compare the savings that you will have by the time of each trip to what the trip will cost. Inevitably, some of the smaller trips may have to be put off, or your big vacation may need to be pushed back until later in the summer, but if you know how much you need to save you are much more likely to do it. You will be able to narrow down exactly which trips you will be taking and give your family a goal for saving.
If you really want to take all of the trips on your list, think about ways that you can earn some extra income to help supplement your vacation fund. Yard or garage sales are always a great source of extra income and they help clear out the clutter in your home. If your children are outgrowing their clothing at an alarming rate, consider consigning some of their gently used clothing at seasonal consignment sales in your area. Tutoring after school is also a great way to supplement your income. You can use coupons while grocery shopping and stash away the money that you saved in your vacation fund jar too.
By planning ahead you have time to research the best deals and get the best prices on your vacation airfare and accommodations. You also take the stress out of the start of summer, because your plans will be already made and the funds will be saved up. Whether you head out-of-state to visit a new city or decide to buy a tent and camp in your own backyard, remember that it is not what you spend on the trip that makes it memorable. The love and laughter that you share with your family is truly what makes any vacation worthwhile.
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