Everything had that gloomy winter tinge and it occurred to me that all of the fun the Holidays brought have now come screeching to a halt.
No more turkeys in the oven or jolly St. Nicks at the Mall, gone are the candy canes and gift exchanges. Yep, this is the part of winter I have come to dread.
I started imaging a blissful Summer vacation, somewhere in a warm paradise, miles away from anywhere and far away from my dreary morning commute.
I have ideas on where I want to go and what I would like to do. I just haven’t really planned for it yet.
What a better way to beat the winter blues?
Take this time to prepare and save for your vacation. Not only will you be ahead of the game financially, you will also find ways to squeeze in as much as possible into your trip.
Here are some pointers I feel will help you plan, save and prepare.
• Look for travel deals now. Check with airline companies, hotels and various websites for off peak season specials. You may wind up saving substantially.
• Set aside money now. Shore up your savings account or consider opening a separate savings account for your Summer vacation. I recommend having your anticipated spending money saved at least a full month in advance.
• Summer clothes tend to be on sale during winter months and winter clothes on sale in the Summer. Shop now for any clothes you may need on your vacation. Not only will you save money at the register it will also be that much less you will need to spend in the weeks before your vacation.
• Clothes won’t be the only thing you’ll want to buy. Begin looking for deals on off season vacation products such as sunscreen, sunglasses, shade hats, lawn chairs and other outdoor supplies like bug repellents. At a minimum make sure you purchase these items before you leave home otherwise you might find yourself paying quite a bit more on the road.
• Use the next several months to look for dining coupons, free or cheap entertainment or reduced theme park fees.
Following these tips you should line you up for a fantastic vacation. Your trip will be less stressful and more enjoyable.
Plus, what a better way to get through the winter doldrums than by preparing for, and daydreaming of, warmer places full of new and exciting adventures?