I have to admit every time I see those statistics of people not using their vacation it just makes me cringe. I actually feel the chalk board nails grinding across the board and I quiver as that feeling creeps up my spine. I want to run out the door as if it might be catching and scream in horror. What if I too am infected and I also waste my coveted golden vacation days. The thought itself is enough to send me into an all out search for my next travel adventure or faith journey.
As I person who travels but also plans travel I often get the question when is the best time to plan my vacation? My answer today! Why? Because why not? If you don’t start now when? Will you too leave your vacation hours sitting there unused and hold on! Stop the presses! Or, Gasp! you may lose or for that matter waste them if you have not used them. I cringe at the thought.
So the reality is if you want to take a vacation and you want to go somewhere it takes planning. You just have to get out there and do it. There is no time that is better than today for making those plans. Why? The reason is if you want to go somewhere that takes just a little planning. Lets just say Europe as in example. Do you need visas? Where do you want to go? How long can you stay? How are you going to get there and get around? Lots of planning but that should never stop you even if it’s seems overwhelming. The earlier the better I say. Also get the help of a travel planner early on they can save you a ton of time and headache and also some cash.
It’s to your advantage say to book a cruise or a tour in advance and one of the reasons why is PAYMENTS for those who can’t spend the total right off the back and maybe don’t want to pay interest if you charged it. For instance, most cruise lines allow you to book a year or more in advance and your small deposit holds your room until final payment date usually a few months out. So that gives you plenty of time during the year to put money towards your vacation. I can hear the words now, I don’t want to cruise or what if I can’t go at the time I think. Cruise lines are incredible at that and most of them are flexible. Even when you book a year out with them and a couple of months before something happens and you can’t go. No worries as long as you are within 60 days out or so just move your cruise out to a more suitable time. Especially if you purchase insurance than you really have flexibility. The whole idea of a time share is so that you GO on vacation. I say skip the time share and plan your vacation. That simple..
For those not wanting a cruise a land based vacation at an all-inclusive resort can pretty much be done the same way. Decide where you want to go. You place a deposit which is usually more than the cruise deposit but still not the total price of the package. Then you can pay it as the months go by. You can also wait until final payment usually 60 days out or so and pay it off then also. Then as the months go by you dream. This gives you ample time to enjoy the vacation before the vacation as you dream and do some research on your choice. Many companies that a travel agent can find you will even let you move it to a different date if you need to.
So again why are you waiting? Why aren’t you traveling? Really there are no excuses you have the time, you can spread your financial obligation out with no interest for up to sometimes over a year. There are many who get a tax refund and it’s gone on nothing a vacation will give you a lifetime of memories worth much more than a new TV. You have vacation it has been proven to help people deal better, handle stress easier, and relax more. So if the beach, ocean, mountains, or some far away country beckons get on it. Time and VACATION are a wasting.