When you’ve worked at a job for an extended period of time, you really need to consider taking a vacation to get your mind off of work. If you don’t, you could run the risk of burning out. A lot of times people talk about career longevity, and taking some quality time away from the workplace can increase your potential to meet this goal. Vacations can get pretty expensive, but there are certainly ways to travel on a budget. You don’t need to break the bank to enjoy a solid vacation. Here are some places to get you started:
1.) National Parks
If you are feeling very adventurous, then consider making a camping trip out of it. Otherwise, there are plenty of hotels and cabins at National Parks and the surrounding areas. Hiking is an excellent form of stress management and National Parks are usually the best places to do it. Camping is the most cost efficient way to take one of these trips. You simply rent a campsite on recreation.gov. They are usually very inexpensive and convenient. Often times the campgrounds will have a recreation center and activities like sports and swimming that guests can take part in. Other parks have free campsites, but if you prefer a few amenities then this isn’t the best bet. There are popular parks that would be a great trip, but there are also some lesser known destinations that you should also consider.
2.) Road Trip
Right now gas prices are cheap, and it really is an excellent time to take a road trip. Pick a destination, find some friends, and hit the road. The more the merrier, because having more riders splitting costs will make the trip more inexpensive. There are road trips you can take in one day—it doesn’t need to be a long trip across the country. Sometimes it’s best to rent a car depending on the age / mileage of your current vehicle. Breaking down in foreign territory can be nerve racking, and renting a car will eliminate the potential for it to happen.
3.) Biking Trip
Taking a long bike ride over multiple days can be an excellent type of vacation. It’s an incredible form of exercise, and there are bike trips for all levels of bikers. Pick a few destinations and book hotels for each spot, and get a group of friends to start the trip. This is the type of trip that wouldn’t even require any vacation time. Consider picking a long weekend to extend it one extra day. If you enjoy being outdoors and exercising this can be an excellent way to spend your time away from work.
4.) Fishing Trip
For those who enjoy fishing, there are some excellent areas all across the coastal United States. Some might be close and others might be far, so choosing a destination can be a difficult decision. Most states have their own surplus of excellent areas to fish, so the real decision is whether you prefer fresh water or salt water. A deep-sea trip is one option, but the more cost effective way would be river or lake fishing. You could even rent a cabin for a few days in a remote location and bring some friends or family along. Fishing is an excellent way to pass the time, and it can be very relaxing if you choose a good area. If you are feeling really adventurous, you could try eating when you catch, although properly cleaning a fish is best left up to someone with experience.