Have you weathered the recession so far, holding on to your job and even prospering while those around you aren’t faring so well? If you have, congratulations, that’s a feat not everyone has accomplished, as you well know.
Now, ask yourself a few questions. Despite the fact that you still have your job, are you hesitating to travel because you feel a bit guilty about indulging yourself? Are you concerned that taking a vacation might seem a bit like showing off to friends and family who have been forced to scale back?
If this sounds like you, I’m giving you the best piece of advice you’ll get all year: Give yourself permission to travel.
By this I mean, get out and enjoy life. See the world. Take those adventures you dream about. Treat your family to some quality time in a wonderful setting. You don’t get this time back, you know. If you’re waiting until the time seems right, when the world’s economy is finally back on its feet, you may be giving up some wonderful memories that you could be enjoying right now and that you’d savor forever.
There are still some great deals out in the marketplace, by the way. Hotels are giving away free-night stays and some of the cruise lines are still discounting, heavily.
It’s also a great time to go to Europe. Did you ever think the British pound and the euro would be at reasonable rates in your lifetime? Just think, you can go to London and buy breakfast and it won’t cost you the equivalent of $90 for you and your loved ones. You can go to Florence, Italy and actually purchase one of those colorful leather bags you see in the street markets and not feel like a fool for nearly paying double what you would pay back home.
So, seize the moment. Savor this time and make the most of it. You owe to yourself for working so hard to survive and to succeed.