Vacation Envy: “Those Plane Tickets Cost as Much as My Rent”
What it might look like: Your neighbors just got back from a jealousy-inducing trek to Tulum, and you really want to go island-hopping with your friends next month, but you just can’t afford it … and stay on track with that thing called your budget. When the only getaway your family can seem to afford is an hour-long drive to visit your in-laws, endless Instagrams of white-sand beaches just aren’t a welcome sight.
What to remind yourself: Vacationing isn’t about having the best photographs. “The point is to get away,” says Krakower. “It doesn’t really matter where you go. Instead of Aruba, for instance, go to Florida.” If that’s still a stretch, take a three-day weekend at home where chores are forbidden and alarms are turned off, or play tourist in your hometown without running a single errand.
Plus, you know that deep down, you won’t truly be able to relax on vacation if you can’t afford it. So the best way to get excited for your next getaway is to start a “vacation fund” now and sock away as much as you can afford—whether it’s $5 or $50—per month. Once that fund is fully fleshed out, you and your unencumbered conscience can go in search of white sand.