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How to Save for a Vacation When Money is Tight

Don’t we all wish we could travel more? There are so many places in the world and even here in the U.S. that I would love to see. My husband and I try to travel as much as we can, even if it’s just a short weekend trip with our camper. We love exploring new places. Of course, we both have jobs and a budget, so it’s not like we can just pack up and leave whenever we feel like it. When you’re short on time and money, seeing the world isn’t quite so easy.

I think it’s important to take vacations. It’s good for our minds, bodies, and even our relationships. Going on a vacation gives us a chance to recharge, which allows us to be even better when we get back. If you never give yourself the chance to take a vacation, it’s easy to get burned out on life. When my husband and I went through premarital counseling, our counselor suggested setting aside an hour each day, a weekend each month, and a week each year for just the two of us.

Can you imagine how much better life would be if we all followed that rule? A weekend away each month and a week vacation every year with my husband sounds amazing! It’s easy to say you’ll do it, but actually following through can be difficult, especially when life gets busy and money is tight.
Now, this post isn’t going to be about finding the time for a vacation – I will save that for a later post. Today I want to talk about what you can do to afford a vacation, even when money is tight.

Sometimes we don’t feel like we have the money to go on a trip, so we don’t even bother trying to plan one. Right now you may feel like you don’t have any extra money to save, let alone spend on a vacation. How on earth could you possibly come up with enough money to travel? I’ve been there too, and today I’m going to share my simple trick that always works for us.

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CAMPING & TRAVEL, LIFE

Weekend Getaway – Pentwater, Michigan

Hello everyone! I hope you had a great weekend and a relaxing Mother’s Day! We just got back from a camping trip, so now I’m feeling super refreshed and ready for the week. Sometimes you just need a little weekend getaway to recharge and give you a fresh perspective on life.

I wanted to check in and share with you all our camping trip to Pentwater, Michigan. We love camping because it gives us the chance to explore our state and take a little vacation here and there without spending a ton of money. I hope to continue doing these trip reviews as time goes on. I’ll review the campgrounds we stay at and also the towns we visit and the activities they have to offer. If you are also in Michigan and are looking for your next weekend getaway spot, hopefully I can help you with that!

Michigan has so much to offer. We are surrounded by natural beauty – the Great Lakes, forests, wildlife, sand dunes, and more. There is so much to see in our state. I’ve lived here my whole life, and there is still so much I haven’t seen yet! Whether you want to lie out on the beach, explore a busy city, eat amazing food, or get lost in the woods somewhere, you can pretty much find it all here in Michigan.

This weekend we stayed at Charles Mears State Park in Pentwater. First of all, I have to confess that I am not the best picture taker when we go on vacation. I’m one of those people who just likes to take everything in as it’s happening instead of fumbling with my phone/camera to try to capture it. I guess that’s a good thing, but later on I always regret not having more pictures. So for this post I am relying on a lot of my husband’s photos, who is much better about capturing these moments! 🙂 Continue Reading

CAMPING & TRAVEL, LIFE

Tour of Our Vintage Camper

April is finally here, and one thing I have been looking forward to all winter long is finally getting to open up our camper. I haven’t talked much about camping on this blog yet, but I hope to change that this summer because it’s one of our favorite things to do.

My husband and I both love being outdoors, and we have been going camping for several years now. We started in a tiny two person tent, which worked just fine for a few years, but I have to admit we were both starting to feel a bit cramped. It wasn’t the fact that we didn’t have running water or electricity. That didn’t matter much to us. We don’t mind roughing it a little bit. After all, that’s what camping is all about, right? I don’t mind using the campground bathrooms and cooking over a fire. The hardest part for me was just the lack of space, and not being able to stand up straight when I was trying to move around inside the tent. After a few years of camping, it was starting to get old.

We didn’t want a big camper with all the bells and whistles. We still wanted to feel like we were camping, we just wanted something a little bit more spacious. When we found this 13 ft 1965 Holiday Rambler for sale just down the road from our house, already painted in my favorite shade of blue, we knew it would be perfect for us. Continue Reading