Many people will have felt this particular scenario. You are on vacation, you are loving it, but after a short week or two, the vacation comes to an end and normality of routine and life kicks back in, and let’s face it, that can be a bit depressing. The vacation blues are real, and it’s one that affects hundreds if not thousands everyday. So what if the vacation didn’t have to end?
Life can be strict with routine and jobs, motherhood and errands, but who says life needs to be that way? While we can, we should all strive to live life to the fullest. Experience each day as if that would be our last, and be able to give our children experiences that we never had growing up. Traveling is one of the things that you might consider if you have a young family. They may still not be in an educational system when vacations are restricted to school, and you may easily be able to take extended trips for months at a time, exploring and seeing new and exciting places. Of course, these things take time to plan, and so here are the tips that could help you take that extended vacation.
Think of where you might like to go
One of the first things to think about would be where you might like to go for this extended vacation. It could be worth thinking of somewhere that you have had on your bucket list for a while. You also want to ensure that there is enough for you to do there, so plenty of research on different areas could be essential. Another thing to consider would be to experience different places in one trip. So perhaps looking at continents where there are a few countries you could travel through and experience, like Europe or Asia.
What do you want to experience
Once you have decided on the destination, or even destinations in some cases, then you could look at the types of experiences you want to get from this vacation. It might be that you want to do some road trips so you can really see the place from a different perspective. Or you want to sample the local areas and live like a local for a little while. There may also be experiences within your bucket list that you want to combine, and a longer trip could help you do it. Walking the Great Wall of China, or exploring the Great Ocean Road in Australia, as two examples for you. A great tip is to seek out blogs and do plenty of research.
Finding the right accommodation
Finding the right accomodation is not the easiest thing to do when it comes to extended trips. You might normally start in a hotel or on a resort somewhere, but if you think about it, for long periods of time, this could be very costly. This is when you may want to look at property for rent in the different area so that you can get the most value for money. Renting may also give you things like a kitchen, so that you can cook and live a little more like you would at home, and also facilities to wash clothes etc. It could certainly give you the chance to make the most of your time there, byt giving you the flexibility of having a home from home.
Could you or your partner work out there?
One thing you may want to consider out there is working while enjoying this extended trip. Not all of us will have endless funds to be able to pay for lots of different holidays, so if youa have decided that for a month or longer you want to live somewhere else and explore a different part of the world, could you gain some valuable work experience in the process? This could also help fund your time there and enable you to experience the country for all it has to offer.
What about your home?
If you plan on doing this for longer than a month, then you may want to consider renting your own home out for a few months as a holiday let or even on a short term contract. This helps pay for the bills at home, and covers your cost, and could even give you a bit of profit to help fund your trip. Your job might also be a worry, but a lot of companies offer sabbaticals or career breaks that you could take advantage of. The best advice would be to speak to your manager about your idea and explore what options youa have.
Let’s hope this has inspired you to consider an extended vacation in the future.