I’m in need of a vacation, but I don’t have the funds for it right now. I definitely need a change in scene to recharge my batteries. What do you suggest?
– Recharging in Ragtown
Dear Recharging in Ragtown,
Can you plan for one in a few months?
Figure out where you want to go and what you want to do. This will motivate you. Maybe even gather up some pictures, so you can begin to see it as real.
Come up with a budget without looking at your current financial situation. Then think about how you could bring in some additional income. Maybe you could work just a few extra hours somewhere to build your travel nest egg. When you assign a fun reason for working extra, it won’t seem like such a drag! Stick to the plan and let yourself use that money for your trip.
Even though it won’t be happening right away, it might help your energy just to anticipate it’s coming. Figure out your plan for timing by aligning your desire with how much you want or need to work in the meantime.
You could also cut expenses in other areas of your life and redirect it to a travel fund.
In the meantime, carve out a mini-vacation for yourself 1x/week. It doesn’t have to cost much, or anything at all. Just do something nice for yourself to keep your spirits high.
Have fun both planning and vacationing! Sometimes the anticipation is just as great as the trip!