Monday, July 11, 2011

The Monetary Value of a Good Vacation

Vacations (the right kind of vacations) are really good for your life.  If the benefits of a good vacation could just be assigned some kind of monetary value, then we all could feel less guilt about the time, effort and money that we spend on them.  Since I've recently been in the position to ponder such ponderings--I thought I'd do everyone a favor by laying out the true dollar value --as I see them-- right here: 

Being on vacation makes me remember why I had kids in the first place.  I've always dreamed of taking my own kids on vacations since taking so many as a child.  Even though most of our vacations were accompanied by the soundtrack of my mother reading aloud travel guide books to us--I still hold fond memories of the trips.  (Haha-- just teasing mom.  I'm glad you read us tourguide books and in fact it's probably all your fault I want to homeschool my kids!)

Remembering why I had kids is worth a good $30.  Ten bucks a piece isn't bad --especially since they did cause some trouble on the trip as well.   ("Don't tempt me to leave you kids at Grandma's house--I just might do it!")

Being on vacation also reminds my of why I love my husband.  Now--I promise all the good things about vacation won't be sappy --just the first two--because it's true.  Being on vacation--mimicking the carefree attitudes of our courtship years really reminds me of what I saw in Jeremy that made me choose to stick with him. 

Saving the marriage has got to be worth a good $50 by itself.  (Yeah that's five Hamiltons.)  Although my grocery budget for beef jerky would sure go down. . .

Speaking of groceries-- going on vacation gives me the much needed opportunity to clean out my fridge.   Seriously, I was very proud of how little food was left in the fridge when we got back from vacation.  A vacation is the perfect opportunity to throw out all the old food and don't forget any spoiled produce on the counter either (like the "one time" I did).  And I wiped it all out before putting any new food back in it, and I felt like a very good homemaker.

Good homemaker feelings $20.  It really helped boost my spirits (until I looked in the laundry room--"good feelings gone").

Being gone from my home makes me appreciate it more.  I come back and it feels like "home."  No matter how much I really am ready to move on--it feels good to walk back in the doors of "our house"  as disorganized our belongings and strangely laid-out the floor plan is. 

Coming home again $100--never underestimate the importance of being happy where you're at--at least for the time being. 

But perhaps the greatest reason for going on vacation is the opportunity to get away from it all and experience something new.  It gives you time to think, and gives you a different perspective on life.  We read books on our car trips bringing us more new ideas to think and talk about.  (Hello Ken Robinson?)  Plus our trips are full of adventures, both planned and unplanned, both pleasant and unpleasant.  So I guess what I'm saying is that the very most important thing that this all boils down to is: more. blog. fodder.

Yes, yes, yes, because a blogger who spends too much time in the blogosphere and never thinks of anything else, or reads anything else or does anything else eventually runs out of anything new and relevant to say.  And everyone knows that the ability to articulate new and interesting and relevant ideas in the blogging world is, in fact-- p_r_i_c_e_l_e_s_s!

So don't let the bank-man get you down.  Know that each dollar spent on a family vacation is worth is weight in gold in the virtual world of internet storytelling. 

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