My Advice to You: Take the Trip

Image by Hali Schaefer for Dammit, Hali

As my husband and I prepare to travel to California for our big vacation of the year, I can’t help but feel anxious about the cost of the trip at this exact time in our life.

I truly can’t help it. I am naturally a worrier, and traveling across the country while we are also in the process of buying our first home has my “worry-wart” instincts working overtime. This is despite the fact that we have been budgeting for this trip since late last year.

I wish I could say that this is the only vacation I have ever worried about as far as money goes, but it is not. Truthfully, I go into full-blown panic mode before each time we travel, and I ask myself questions such as “Can we even afford this?” and “Why did we decide NOW was a good time to take this trip?”

However, we always make it work.

Despite my anxiety, we always get where we’re going and have an amazing vacation.

Why? Because the trip and the memories made are always worth it.

That’s why I offer this advice to anyone out there who feels like they can’t take the time or spend the money on a vacation. I encourage you to do what you have to do to make it work, and just take the trip. That time away with your family is more valuable than you realize.

Between work and other activities that take us away from one another, I feel like I don’t get enough time with my husband. So, traveling together is important for our relationship, and that is something we decided during our early years together.

Travel is a beautiful thing, and we should never regret the money or time spent on seeing new places and sharing new experiences with friends and family.

We must remind ourselves that we are making a life, not just making a living.


Dammit, Hali



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