Vacation time is just around the corner. Are you planning a great vacation this year? Vacations are the icings on our cakes; they are what dreams are made of. Travel and vacation time have been in our plans and budget since the day B. J. and I said, “I do.” Travel and the bonding it has brought has enhanced our lives more than words can express.
Our first momentous trip, of course, was the beginning of our honeymoon (it is still going on). Shortly after we said, “I do,” we headed for our honeymoon suite on St. Simons Island, Ga. Where we spent almost a week. We determined on the beginning of our honeymoon that life would be a continuing honeymoon. We would capture and keep the charisma of our honeymoon throughout our life--and we have done that.
Howbeit, there are those who have little interest in traveling more than is necessary. On the other hand, there are those who love to take trips, and there are others who would travel if they could work out the details.
Let’s look at some essentials in traveling. YOU HAVE TO WANT TO “GO.” Do not let life become a downer. Don’t get stuck in a rut. Get off the beaten path and embark on a new adventure.
Set some goals. Decide some places that you want to see. Get excited about new quests. There is a whole world of exciting activity calling you out of your blahs.
Make some plans. Although, some of my and B. J.’s most exciting travel escapades have been “spur of the moment” trips. In our early days of travel when gas was twenty-nine cents a gallon, we have spent great three-day vacations in the mountains on a hundred dollars. Nevertheless, in this day of increased cost of everything, planning vacations has become a mite more necessary.
Where are we going? How many will be traveling? Will we be traveling by land, air or sea? How long are we going to be on the outing? Where will we eat? Where are we going to stay while on the trip? How much are we going to budget for the trip?
Let’s begin with something down to earth. B. J. and I are veteran campers. We love to camp and camping, aside from the humongous motor homes, compared to motel living is comparatively inexpensive. Camping can be done in nice camp sites located throughout the U. S., or in some remote wooded area, or beside a beautiful river or lake where the fishing is good or on a mountainside where the scenery is beautiful. Nice family tents or pop-ups are relatively cheap. It takes a little work to set up for camping but in the long run, the rewards gained are worth the effort.
Some people make the mistake of thinking that you have to go on a long journey and spend a lot of money to have a good time on a trip. Nothing is further from the truth. You don’t have to go a long way to enjoy a great vacation. We live on St. Simons Island. St. Simons is a resort filled with excitement located no more than ten miles from our house. People come from all over the world to enjoy the delights of St. Simons Island. Then, within a few hours or minutes are the other Golden Isles of Georgia, which includes fun places like Jekyll, Sapelo, and Cumberland.
Get a map and check out enjoyable places that may be just a short drive from your home. Get set and get on the road.
You may be interested in longer tours that call for some long distance planning. Don’t be discouraged. Just as you planned for the short-term trip do the same with the long-term jaunt only start earlier. Because B. J. and I committed to our goal of traveling early on, we now travel at home and abroad quite regularly.
(Tip: if you budget $2000 a year in a travel account in 50 years you will have $100,000 to travel on; that puts the world at your door.)
B. J. and I love to cruise. We are now in the process of booking our eleventh cruise. If that sounds like a lot, we befriended a fun couple on our last cruise that have been on sixty cruises and are still cruising.
B. J. shops for bargain cruises on the internet just as she shops for bargains at Belk’s and grocery stores. We are members of the Holland America Mariner Society that keeps us informed on special cruise offers.
Well, there is a lot to be said about the wonderful benefits of traveling. Get excited about traveling, set some goals, get started, get to planning and get on the way. You will be glad you did.