Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Planned? Or 'Pot Luck'!

Peoples choice of vacations, holidays, whatever term you wish to use, may vary considerably depending on many issues. Current family structure, mortgage commitments, credit availability are just a few situations which can have a bearing on the extent of pending vacations. Believe it or not though, people spend more time planning holidays than they spend planning their lives, leading me to the adage, "People who fail to plan, plan to fail!"

Some people go to the extent of commiting themselves to Time-share holidays, modified in recent decades by moving away from 'fixed-time' to more flexible arrangements, but still lending itself to a more planned scenario. While this can be good for some, others believe in the more flexible style where they might be caravanners, like the 'Blue Nomads' in the older age groups, or the young who will take cheaper accommodation like back-packer, saving their coin to enjoy facilities adjacent to their lodgings.

There are other organised groups that provide a point system in that seasonal differences, along with rated accomodation, hotel, resort, motel can mean the difference between a week at one or 3 days at another for the same expenditure of points. Similar to Time-share, purchase of 'units' is required and an annual maintenance fee is also generally involved. Some of the resorts etc that are involved with these groups are well worth the unit purchase as they can normally be 'swapped around', that is you can use your points, or time in the case of time-share, to re-locate yourself every year to several different locations in your own country or others.

Online there are also facilities to help you estimate your vacation times and places, perhaps even a cruise, and 'Holidays and Cash' is one such commodity.
http://www.holidaysandcash.com/ronfred For a small annual fee, you are provided with a website from which you can avail yourself of several choices for your next vacation, overseas trips for whatever reason, bargain packages of flights and extended stays, add to that the membership benefits including 'earning your week away' for conferencing with your collegues.

Vacations and holidays are meant to be enjoyed! Planning them is maybe not the most important thing you should ever be doing, but nevertheless your mortgage and credit worries should be set aside, or planned so that they fit in with vacation needs, for your families sake.(And yours)
Whatever your choices are for holidays, make sure THEY ARE HOLIDAYS, not fitted into a business trip or PART OF A GOLF TRIP! Ensure the whole family enjoys the time away, not just the parents (or one parent, for that matter)

Bless you all, take care as you travel, love your country and please don't litter.

Ronald F Hird

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