Saving for Vacation
Are you dreaming about your summer vacation? Beaches, mountains, fishing or hiking?
Jesus told his disciples to “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.”
Like them, we all need to rest our minds and bodies, and a little planning makes vacations affordable and enjoyable.
If you’re looking forward to planning a summer vacation, you need to first establish a budget. I recommend you open a designated savings account just for your vacation and put automatic deposits or transfers in it. Saving Just two dollars a day adds up to $730 in 12 months. And helps you avoid debt. Five dollars a day will give you about $1800.
Pick your destination, then build your itinerary. Start early. My wife keeps a binder of reservations and possible activities. TripAdvisor.com is helpful. Involve the family in planning and raising the funds. Fuel the anticipation!
Build a vacation around a significant event like a family reunion or wedding.
NationalParkService.gov offers trip ideas and current fees. Our parks offer beauty, history and education for the entire family.
Camping is great for the young and adventurous. If you don’t own the equipment, ask to borrow it from family or friends. What you purchase may be cheaper than the cost of a hotel. Or, rent a house via Airbnb or VRBO. It, too, can cost less than a hotel!
Consider Christian family camps or short-term mission trips. Or, a staycation – the option where you sleep in your own bed, but take day trips and visit local attractions.
In you’re planning don’t forget to budget the costs of boarding pets or lawn care in addition to what you’ll spend while away.
The key is planning early. Wherever you go, try to connect with old friends or family along the way. Carry food and reusable water bottles, books and games.
And If you rent out your home through Airbnb while you’re gone you could get your trip paid for!
If you need help or encouragement in your finances, call the Crown Helpline at 800-722-1976 or visit Crown.org