As you all know, I am currently on a business trip in the Marshal Islands (MI). I’ve been here for three days now, and I have to say, I’m in love. I thought Hawaii was incredible when I was there last week, but it’s got nothing on the MI. I’m looking forward to the next six weeks of my “workation”.
As I approach my third year of work (post college) I am quickly learning the best kind of vacations are the ones I don’t have to pay for. Although I haven’t always traveled to the most desirable places, I’d way rather spend a week in Pittsburgh for free, than a couple thousand to navigate New York. My last “self paid” vacation was spring 2007, when I took a 7 day Mexican Riviera cruise with some of my college roommates. It was an awesome week, but it did leave me $600 poorer.
Just because I haven’t paid for a vacation in over two years, doesn’t mean I haven’t gotten to go to some pretty sweet places. I’ve been to Philly twice, Houston, Honolulu, Arizona, and now the Marshal Islands. All at no cost to me.
I know most people may not have the option to travel for work, but that doesn’t mean you have to pay for your next trip. Both of my trips to Arizona were with a High School youth group to summer camp (free). If you aren’t interested in kickin’ it with some high schoolers maybe you can call up your Great Aunt Norma, that lives in Las Vegas, and see if you can come spend a week with her.
Instead of rambling on about trying to be a cheap a$$ and get a free vacation, I pose a question. What does a vacation mean to you? For me it means going some place other than where I live and just taking it easy. I personally have no desire to backpack Europe, “Do New York”, or hit the Strip in Vegas. All of that requires too much work and stress. I’m much more inclined to go to Idaho and go skiing for a week. So for you, is a vacation about how much you do (museums, clubs, tours) or how little you do (relax, sleep in, get tan)?