Sometimes you just need to kick back and relax!
It’s that time of year again when I visit my parents in Hawaii. This year will be a budget trip! I’ve been fortunate enough to have parents that made Hawaii their retirement dream. My father has been quite the inspiration to me; he made two commitments to himself early in life: to retire by 45 and to retire in Hawaii. Both came true for him, how’s that for living the dream?
Too bad I didn’t figure this out early in life! Strangely, I’ve turned out the opposite of my frugally focused parents, which quite often frustrates the heck out of me! All negativity aside, I am doing my best to change my ways and to better understand myself and what I want out of life. No more aimless wandering!
As I countdown this last week before I go, I’ve got many things going through my mind. #1 Keeping this trip on budget! I’m doing my very best to not go over $1500 for the two weeks I’m away.
Here’s how the luau is shaping up:
- Flight: FREE or technically $155 for the taxes they charge when you redeem travel points. Remember when they didn’t charge the taxes when you redeemed your travel points? I do!
- Rental Car: $50.42 – again, I’ve redeemed travel points, lovin’ the travel points! 🙂
- Park N Fly: $155 – this is the cheapest alternative to hiring a sedan service. From where I live, it can be $200 one way to get to the Toronto airport. My friend offered, but unfortunately when my flight gets back in, it’s too early in the morning for her.
- Cat Boarding: $28/day X 12 days approx. $336
- Spending money: $500 ($200 for gas, $100 for groceries, $200 for a few dinners out)
#2 Simplicity, clarity and relaxation. This is huge for me – keeping it all in perspective. Last year, I went to Hawaii around the same time of year to unwind and it proved to be very rejuvenating for me. This trip has even more meaning; I have a lot in both work and life that I need to clarify. I need to get to some solid conclusions about both and I want to relax and unwind on this trip. It should offer me some mental clarity and a different perspective to figure it all out.
You know what I’m talking about? Sometimes in our day to day activities, it can be very hard to find clarity, even if you meditate. There’s just so much going on around you and your subconscious just knowing that you have to live your day to day life can cause confusion.
On all the past trips I’ve taken, I have learned that turning off my phone and unplugging from everything works wonders on the soul (and the cell phone bill). For more on shutting off while on vacation, read “Can you leave your work behind when you’re on vacation?”