Have you noticed? Can you feel it?
When I get up in the morning…it’s dark.
By 8:00 pm…it’s dark.
I know, I know…it’s still only August, but I’m already having seasonal anxiety.
Yes, I am THAT person. And, sadly, it’s getting worse and worse every year.
Medication? No thanks…I refuse any medicine unless absolutely necessary. As far as prescriptions go, I take ZERO, NADA, ZILCH. In any case, I always look for an alternative cure before turning to medication…which is not only good for my body, but easy on the pocketbook too!
I’ve noticed that weight-loss and diet will cure many of my ailments, but not seasonal anxiety. The only cure I have found thus far? A winter vacation. That’s right folks…you heard me correctly…A…winter…vacation. Okay, so it’s not cheaper than medication. Though, pills can’t give you a good tan, a plethora of culture or priceless memories (and if they can…please contact me ASAP. I pay in baked goods.)
We may or may not have been dancing on a bar top.
Four years ago, we traveled to Acapulco during the month of February. Give me a quick moment to relive the memory…ahhh…the sun…the food…the people…the endless freakin’ amount of alcohol…ehem. Anyway, February is a perfect time to go somewhere warm. Reason being, everyone is always so busy up until Christmas that you really don’t have much time to think about sitting around doing nothing. January is pretty much spent packing, planning and donating blood plasma to afford a few extra drinks while you are away. February comes, you vacation and when you return, it is practically March. Helloooo Spring! It really sounds like a bunch of over-talking but it works. It really, really works. We did this for THREE years: Acapulco, Acapulco and Maui. Last winter? Nothing. The LONGEST.WINTER.EVEH.
I can’t do that again (does that sound spoiled and bratty? Honey Badger don’t care.)
Money can always be spent elsewhere. It never fails. Just when you think you have some “extra” income, the dishwasher breaks or you get a leak in your exhaust. It’s always something. Though, we all need to realize the importance of a “mental break”, time away…a vacation. It’s just good for the soul. Fortunately, there are websites out there that make it affordable for us frugal folks to take these much needed trips.
Here are a few of my personal tips on how to afford to get your frozen butt out of the winter snow and onto a beach…somewhere:
- Plan Ahead: Give yourself plenty of time to plan your trip and save some money. Start checking sites like Bookit.com to see what the going rates are and if you can find a package deal. Can you cut your budget anywhere? Maybe you could stop eating out until your trip and bank what you would normally spend. Something simple like that can sure add up.
- Accommodations: Make sure you are staying in a place that fits what you need. For instance, we make it a general rule to eat in for breakfast and lunch with only eating out at dinnertime. Therefore, we try to find a hotel that includes a kitchen area…at least a fridge and microwave. Hotels with included breakfasts are a huge bonus.
- Ditch the kids: The less people you have, the less the vacation will cost. Are your kids old enough to leave with family and too young to appreciate an “older” vacation? Is it time for mommy and daddy to take some time away? In the past, we have planned two trips per year: one with just us and one family oriented vacation. Now that our son is older, he is more interested in learning and able to appreciate the “larger” travels. So…back to donating more blood plasma…
- Gifts: Is your family a big “gifting” family? Christmas and birthdays – when they ask you the dreaded, “What do you want?” question, tell them gift cards. Visa/Mastercard gift cards, hotel gift cards, airfare gift cards, restaurant gift cards, etc. Why pay for your own vacation when someone else can do it for you?
- Travel partners: I know it is difficult to travel with other people, but are you able to find a travel buddy or another couple to split costs with? You can save BIG time by splitting a timeshare, food and ground transportation with other people. We traveled with another couple for all three of the trips I mentioned above. Our second year in Acapulco, we only spent $25 per night on a two bedroom, two bath, full kitchen timeshare. It’s good to know peeps. *fist to chest bump*
Needless to say, I am looking to go somewhere, ANYWHERE where the sun shines…a LOT…and, oh…a beach would be nice.
How ’bout it Bookit.com? I hear Cancun is really nice…in February (or anytime.) Save me from seasonal anxiety, that nasty ole’ beast. *cheesy smile*
Honest Blogger Found Here: I received no compensation or product for my blog post. Though, I do get a chance at a 5 night trip including airfare. As always, 100% my honest opinion. Disclosure policy can be given upon request.