Everyone needs a break from the monotony of real life. Work, school, family, chores, bills, debt, errands…it all adds up and can feel like a huge weight is on your shoulders. So you might think (as I have MANY times), “I need a vacation.” But should you go on vacation if you have credit card or other personal loan debts? There’s not always an easy answer, but I’m going to break down the possible pros and cons so that you can make an informed decision.
A slightly extended break from the real world
Relaxation and time to de-stress
Quality time with family/friends or yourself
Relief from cold weather
Seeing something new and exciting
Checking something off your bucket list
No headway being made on your debts
Accruing more debt to pay for the trip
More stress from adding to debt load
Having to catch up on tasks when you get back
These lists aren’t all inclusive and may change from person to person. As you can see, the ‘Pros’ list has more items, but the potential ‘Cons’ carry much more weight. If the whole point is to get away from stress it kind of defeats the purpose if you return from your vacation into a worse spot financially and mentally.
So should you go on vacation if you have debt? That’s up to you, but I suggest that you only go if you’re able to save enough money for your trip WITHOUT ADDING ON DEBT.
If you can’t quite afford that dream vacation, plan a smaller-scale road trip or stay-cation. It doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg to get away for a couple days. Or, treat yourself to a massage or other spa treatment…or whatever relaxes you. Just make sure it doesn’t bust your budget.
Check out how to plan a summer vacation on a budget for some frugal traveling tips or if you’re looking to do something on a smaller scale with you and your significant other, read 10 Cheap Date Night Ideas.
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Author Elaina Johannessen is a Program Director with LSS Financial Counseling.