Posted by Dave on November 12, 2013
My wife and I are going on vacation in a few weeks in Cozumel, Mexico for a week. My plan for these type of all-inclusive vacations is to eat and drink too much, while trying to read as many books as I can possibly get through (which is entirely dependent on how many beverages I have consumed). At the end of the week, other than a stomach ache, I will probably be both as relaxed and as ready for my “normal” life as I ever get. My wife loves these vacations, and they are one of the main reasons she has gotten behind our current budget and savings plan, as we have worked in something which she really enjoys, to balance off an otherwise boring budget and spending plan.
As a contrast to our more elaborate December Mexican vacation, we each used a vacation day last Wednesday to just hang out at home. We got a bunch of odd jobs done around our house, played some video games and read.
I think that our Wednesday day off will be very similar to what a post-retirement lifestyle would be like – having time to putter away at little stuff, and still having ample amounts of time to take part in leisure “stuff”. It was nice having a random Wednesday off, it split up our workweek and allowed us to stay up later at “Cheap night” at the movies (where we saw Ender’s Game).
I’m wondering what a vacation will look like for me in the future. I don’t know if either of us will feel the need to spend a couple thousand dollars to go somewhere. Now, it’s nice to just “get away”, but when full time work is done, there doesn’t really seem to be anything to get away from. The couple of thousand dollars may provide much more fun taking part in some other activity that isn’t a week long, or could just be saved outright.
Living in Canada though, maybe we’ll never really lose the desire to get out of the snow. With more time though, we could find a cheap rental property somewhere in the US where it’s warm and take our time driving down, saving money on a flight and food (and causing us to drink considerably less I’m sure).
If you’re retired, do you “vacation” in the same way you did while you were working? If you’re still working, do you think you’ll feel the need to get away when you’re no longer working (even if it’s just from the cold)?