Surprising Tips for a Happier Vacation
5 Things NOT to do on your vacation? That’s right, NOT to do. As we all know it is so easy to get caught up in life, you know the fast pace of things. In today’s society it’s all about the go, go, go… Whew! Man doesn’t that get tiring! We are always in a hurry to get from Point A to Point B and we never really slow down to try to enjoy life and the things it has to offer. The truth is… We tend to stay in that frame of thinking even when we go on vacation. Sounds a lot like you doesn’t it!?
We are here to help you stay worry-free and stress-free this vacation season!
Here are 5 things to not do while you are on vacation.
1. Shut down all your tech.
Wait, what!? Shut down all tech? Yes, you heard us right…Most of the time when we go on vacation we feel like we should continue to check emails, keep a close eye on our text messages, or maybe you even think “Oh no I better check-in at the office…” Hey… We totally get it but whatever it is…it can wait! Sure you may need your cell phone in case of an emergency but apart from that, shut it all down. This is your vacation, enjoy every last moment of it without any technology. We promise that you will be sooo happy you did.
2. Don’t let your kids bring their tech.
I know what you’re thinking, this isn’t ever gonna work. Trust me when I tell you, as much as they may hate it at first (or so they think anyway lol), after this vacation is over, they’ll fully be glad they took a break. Get em’ interested in seeing all that the sights have to offer. They will be so glad you did. Instead of concerning themselves with Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, or nowadays, Tik-Tok, they will be enjoying the most important things in life. Family…. Get them involved in the different things on the trip, take em’ to that cool amusement park, go swimming in the ocean and enjoy time with your family. They need a break just like mom and dad.
3. Don’t penny-pinch.
A lot of times we find it easy while on vacation to penny-pinch. Especially for those of us with Saver/Security Seeker Money Personalities. We worry about how much we spend so then we start completely overthinking the whole trip. For instance “Maybe we shouldn’t eat here because it costs too much” or “We really shouldn’t stay at this hotel, let’s stay at the one across the street and save money”… For the Love of Peanuts, Don’t Do it!!! Take time and really enjoy yourself and your family while you’re on vacation.
4. Don’t argue about money on your vacation.
This is a BIG one. Money fights are the worst! Have you ever been riding in the car as a child and your parents just start arguing and fussing with each other over money or what seems to be absolutely nothing!? It’s awful. Or how about arguing with your child, it’s the worst feeling EVER as a parent. Often when we find ourselves under the tiniest bit of stress and we tend to become snappy, ill, or even rude. PLEASE – Don’t let yourself fall into the madness of bickering and arguing with each other. Be open to any suggestions your family may have about activities they would like to do, places they’d like to eat, or maybe a show they want to see. Either way, always be open to what they want to do too. That is what will make the vacation a hit for everyone. Also, check out our link to Mastering Money Talk in your Marriage. It will help you have a better understanding and approach when those pesky super uncomfortable money fights start brewing…
5. Don’t forget the memories.
Make all the memories you can with the people that mean the most to you. Take too many pictures, eat at expensive restaurants, stay at the hotel that costs way too much! Do all the things that you try to avoid on an average day because that will be the things you are gonna look back on and instead of saying “I wished we hadn’t spent so much” you’ll be saying “Man, I had the time of my life!” Those sweet precious moments will last a lifetime. You will have no regrets because you will know that you lived life to the fullest. Don’t make the mistake of forgetting your memories. Do spur of the moment things because those are the most fun! Take in every single bit of your vacation and the time with your family. Trust me when I say making the most of it is a HUGE deal, especially when you finally return to “normal life”.
P.S. As a bonus tip here are some great resources for you to check out!
Knowing your 2 Money Personalities is vital to your everyday life but it’s also super duper important to know your honey’s & kids as well. Below are a couple of links for you to click on to discover your family’s Money Personalities Today!
5 Money Personalities Assessment
5 Money Personalities Kids Assessment
Why wait? Don’t Hesitate! Start discovering how to win back your vacation and your relationships NOW.
Have a great vacation guys!
Taylor and Megan Kovar
The Money Couple