It is official…I’ve dropped the ball. With all of the craziness from our extended weekend trip, I forgot to schedule something for today! I had planned on something but between seven hours of driving (1 unscheduled stop), carrying a toddler up and down the stairs for every water slide, and learning my son screams at his brother in his sleep (can’t he just talk like a normal person?!)…I’m a little exhausted.
Not All Is Lost
I do, however, have a little wisdom for the week. Vacations suck! I’ve read it before but we hadn’t gone on any trips since Mini Donut was born so I forgot how much stress is involved. Planning, researching, executing. I think I was tired before we left! It really is true that you need a vacation from the vacation. You try to push as much “fun” into the little time you have that it stops being fun. Some family member is bound to cause drama (this time it was the middle sister and my dad).
I long for a nonchalant trip. A “we get there when we get there” and if not “whatever” sort of thing. However, that isn’t very likely to happen when you are only allotted so many days a year to not work (some call this “personal time off”). More and more reasons for FIRE. Regular jobs ruin vacations.
I’m An Idiot
Worst of all me, the freaking personal finance blogger, didn’t have any plan at all on how to manage the spending during the trip! I forgot about all the little transactions that burn through cash on trips. Snacks there, gas here, shopping over there, more gas again. Clearly, we need to do something different if we want to make this an every year thing.
I’ve determined events like these are anomalies and therefore should be treated as such.
We’ve already created a “bucket” in the savings that is money allocated for vacations but perhaps it’s time to give it a promotion! I’m thinking about creating a new savings account just for trips (this is more ceremonial). Then
if when we go on a trip, those transactions are filtered through once we get back (key part so not to mess with the fun) and ones that are clearly trip related are wiped out with savings money.
This will keep the normal budget from getting messed with when all it wants to do is pay the normal month to month activities!
Short And Sweet
That’s all I got for you this week but I’m super excited about what is coming next week! For now, I’m going to find some ibuprofen and an ice pack for my back. Just happy to be sleeping in my own bed tonight.
Got any fun trips planned this year? How do you usually pay for yours?