With the tough economy we now find ourselves in, some amount of stress is to be expected. After all, we are humans with dreams, goals and plans. Yet stressors can be challenges that encourage you to think outside the box and to be innovative, quite like how entrepreneurs are powered by challenges.
Take holidays and getaways, for instance. It seems that these are “luxuries” that are the first to be removed from our budgets when times are tough. Yet vacation and travel plans have been a part of our lives since, well, forever. We go to Disney World and on cruises for our children’s summer breaks. We talk to our kids for ten months about where we are going to this summer. We plan with our significant other a romantic getaway. We dream of solo time to rejuvenate. We build up our plans about what we’ll be doing and where we’ll travel.
With all the struggles that we face today in a challenging economy, being creative is something that we have to do in order to not give up the “luxuries” that make life so special. One thing we can appreciate is all the things that can be seen and experienced locally. Traveling doesn’t mean that it has to be expensive. Many local businesses offer lower prices in order to meet the demands of this environment. They also offer local resident discounts. And of course, nature, always provides fun and entertainment.
It just takes a bit of creativity to continue having fun without spending lots of money. After all, some of the best things in life are free or cost very little and offer a great ROI. Why not start planning your camping trip for next year even during this crazy winter spell? It will not only help you plan and save at the same time, it will bring up wonderful memories and get your mind off the frozen blizzard that has covered the nation. Another great idea for spring and summer or for warmer days is to explore the local state park. Many are now enjoying the snow that has covered their home towns. Now that’s being creative without blowing your budget!
The lost art of spending the day at the local river or lake fishing can be refreshed and renewed. While the children are home on Christmas break, take a trip to the library or tour your area via the Internet and have everyone plan the next getaway. Just planning the vacation together is fun in itself plus it’s great entertainment while being snowed in and cabin fevered. The bottom line is that travel, fun and memories (a.k.a. “luxuries”) of a lifetime do not have to evaporate because a tough economy.