This vacation in Maine was one of the best I’ve ever had. There are a bunch of reasons for that, but one of the biggest is… MONEY!
I’ve been on various kinds of vacations in the past:
- the ones where someone else was paying and I was stressed out about how much money they were spending on me
- the ones where I was putting everything on a credit card and knew how much room I had to my credit limit but not how I was going to pay it off, and
- the ones where I spent every waking moment trying to figure out how I could pinch every possible penny to the point that I couldn’t enjoy what I was doing.
I remember entire vacations where I was so obsessed with money that I never relaxed enough to even pay attention to where I was.
This time, I had the money set aside. I figured out my budget in advance and chose a hotel that both fit into my budget and fulfilled my desires (i.e. – near the water, hot tub, kitchenette). I brought food with me to cut down on costs, but I also had money set aside for meals. I didn’t have any money set aside for activities because I knew that I’d be focused on writing most of the time and walking by the water the rest of it.
What an absolutely phenomenal relief! I was able to go without the specter that has haunted every previous getaway.
While I was careful to stay within my budget, I did allow myself one little splurge (and by little I mean under $20!). It’s potentially the coolest necklace I’ve ever seen! It’s called “Le Twist.” It’s a 35-inch loop of malleable metal that can be twisted into any shape you want! It can be worn as a bracelet, a necklace, a hairband…whatever!
Now I just have to find somewhere to wear it!
Picture found here.