Everyone in the office is making plans and scheduling time off…everyone except you. The thought of packing your bags and heading off to an exciting city thrills you. However, the thought of driving to that destination makes your heart skip beats. All of that traffic, unfamiliar areas, 8-lanes of traffic – what if you miss your exit? What if you get lost?
Sure, the unknown can be daunting. It can also be exciting. There are ways to calm your nerves enough to take that road trip. Little tricks can be helpful in overcoming fears and heading out to the Big Apple or Sin City. Go ahead and start planning your trip. This year, you will not be the only one left in town while others enjoy a great vacation. Here are some helpful hints:
- Buy a quality GPS
- Plan out your route with Google Maps
- Have a co-pilot who can watch for exits and signs
- Have a backup route in place in case of road work or detours
A quality GPS that has automatic updates is an invaluable aid when planning a vacation. Paying a little more for a great GPS can save you time and money in the long run. Road changes, detours, and construction can cost travelers extra miles, delays and more gas – which means more money. A good GPS will navigate the best routes and warn you of possible detours. Planning a backup route will help you if your best-laid plans go awry.
A good friend, spouse, or even a sharp-eyed teenager can make a great co-pilot on a road trip. Choose someone who can pay close attention to road signs, exits and mile markers – even while talking, looking at the phone or keeping you awake. These co-pilots can also check for cars in the other lanes if you need to get over. They can scout out possible restaurants and check Google for safe places to take a break.
Fixing the problem
Maybe the drive is not the problem blocking your vacation? Maybe it’s taking time off, leaving a pet behind, finding someone to take care of an aging parent or even finding the cheapest sr22 insurance. You can go on vacation if you really want to. The old saying ‘Where there’s a will, there’s a way’ is still true.
You can schedule time off from work. What about an off-season vacation? The rates are down and the crowds are gone. Chances are work has slowed down enough that your boss will not miss you.
A pet-sitter from a reputable company is a wonderful way to keep your dog happy while you are gone. There are also hotels and resorts that welcome pets. Bring Fido along!
There are plenty of companies that can help with errands, meal prep and etc. for Mom or Dad while you take time to refresh. You will be relaxed and ready to resume your duties when you get back.
Finally – let’s solve the money problem. Money for vacation can be found by using less electricity, giving up that latte every day, and watching Netflix instead of going to the movies. Saving a little money daily will equal a vacation in a short amount of time.
There really is no excuse for not taking a vacation this year. With planning and diligence, you can enjoy a great time away from home this year.