My young life has been filled with roller coaster like events. Many twists and turns, and ups and downs. For some, a life full of turbulent rides might sound exciting and fun, but I prefer my roller coasters rides to take place exclusively in theme parks. For as long as I can remember, I have just wanted my life to be a quiet silver ship sailing across clam, cool waters.
As I become steadily older, my life has increasingly become more and more stable. My relationships have become more concrete, I have become more financially sound, and my education plans are almost complete.
My successes continued when two days ago, my new fiance slipped a beautiful diamond ring on my finger. We are now being swept up in a whirlwind of wedding and (most importantly) honeymoon possibilities.
Growing up poor was hard, we didn't really go on family vacations. I never thought I would be planning such an exciting trip for my 'soon-to-be' little family. Because I have always wanted a "normal" life, I consider going on vacation a staple in the American way of living. That being said, I also feel many go overboard with vacation, spend too much, and become greedy. Vacations can be experienced in moderation with a small budget, and still be amazing.
There are always ways to save on the grandest of trips. Take cruises for example:
- Book through a discount website
- Travel during off season
- Stay in a small inside room instead of one with a veranda (You can get a view all day by going to various decks)
- Choose to do zero, one, or two excursions, you can always just go exploring!
- Don't drink on your cruise, alcohol is not needed for an excellent time.
- Save the food from the ship (it's usually included in sailing fair) for the port days. Just pack it away, and take it with you.
- Give people post cards as souvenirs, or a refrigerator magnet and a picture of you on your trip. You will save a ton if you can go easy with the trinkets you are bound to find.
- And for yourself find a few meaningful souvenirs, not everything in the gift shop