Magazine article USA TODAY

The Real Reason(s) We Don't Take Vacations

Magazine article USA TODAY

The Real Reason(s) We Don't Take Vacations

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It's vacation-planning season. As usual, though, while your friends and coworkers are booking their family beach trips and golf getaways, you are in the middle of another long hot summer of slogging away at your desk. It does not seem fair. The kids finally are old enough to travel, and you would love to take them, but you simply cannot swing it this year ... can you?

"Actually, you probably can," maintains Tripp Friedler, author of Free Gulliver: Six Swift Lessons in Life Planning. "I have noticed that clients who are always telling me they can't afford a vacation seem to be doing pretty well. I mean, they can 'afford' a lot of other things, so why not a vacation?"

A financial planner with a holistic approach, Friedler says he oftentimes has found that "I can't afford its' along with its first cousin, "I'm too busy to take time off," are excuses we use to cover other, deeper issues. Interestingly, most of us do not even realize we are doing it. Here are a few reasons you might be writing off your summer vacation--and Friedler's thoughts on what really is going on:

You think you cannot afford it. Actually, you probably can. You just would rather spend money on a big house or an expensive car or monthly shopping sprees. If those are your priorities, fine. Just take the time to think about what you really want. "You may well decide you can live with a more modest home or car to free up money for extras like nice vacations. Many people drift into a lifestyle that takes every cent of their paycheck without ever considering whether that's what they really want. …

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