Why Vacations are bad for you.
Why vacations are bad for you!
I was on a trip to the Yucatan, Mexico where I enjoyed a few days at an all-inclusive resort in Cancun. The resort has a great view. It had a beautiful open entrance where you could see the amazing dark blue ocean transitioning into a mesmerizing shade of turquoise blue. Upon arrival of guests, the resort will give a welcome cocktail just to make sure you know you’ve arrived and welcomed. The resort has everything that will fit your lifestyle. Thing such as food, beverages, beer, wine, and liquor are all available just for you to drink/eat. Simply indulge as much as you wish with the array of bars and restaurants located on the property.
This resort situated in an area called “Hotel Zone” of Cancun which is comprised of dozens of resorts catering to the needs and wishes of their guest most of whom mostly travel from the United States ready to soak up the sun-drenched beaches and bottomless cocktails. As the roll by, the vacationers can eat meal after meal, sip on margaritas, lounge by the pool, soak up in the sun, and snorkeling in one of the many water sports available. However, at night, there are a few areas designated for partying with bars and clubs for the thousands of vacationers from the surrounding resorts. There are teams of promoters eager to take you for a tour from the entrance allowing you to see inside and see what you’re missing. Upon the brief sample of the club they escort you back outside and inform you there’s a cover entrance but a juicy deal is available for you.
This was precisely my experience, Manuel a local nightclub promoter who stopped to talk to me wanted to let me know that he can get me in with all inclusive drinks for only $75.00 USD! At that moment, something bumped on my mind; Wait a minute!!! I’m NOT on vacation, in fact, I DON’T take vacations for this exact reason. It’s easy to fall into vacation mode and throw away common sense, logic, reason, critical thinking, or any other skills that help you make informed decisions and most importantly protect your wallet.
For instance, let’s say that I wanted to indulge and maximize my vacation experience. For the sake of this example, I’m going to go ahead and take Manuel up on his offer. I’ll drop $150.00 for cover for my travel companion and me. We then head inside to hit the bar and order our drinks. Hey, if I want the bartender to keep them flowing quickly and easily and notice me in the sea of all other vacationers around me wanting to soak up their paid drinks, I’m going to have to fight the crowd to get their attention, make my way up to order 2 drinks and leave a healthy tip so next time I want a drink I can get their attention with ease. So we’ll say a $10 spot for this round and $5 for the next round. Now I’ve built credibility and if I want another drink they’ll actually pay attention to me. So there we go $165.00 for that night of fun and memories. It’s a 5-day trip and we had such a fun time and we have to go back to work next week let’s say we soak up the fun 1 more time. The total two-night outings come out to $330.00 which isn’t too bad right? I had fun, ordered whatever I wanted, danced the night away, released some stress or tension, and feel recharged ready to head back to work next week. Is your mission accomplished?
Absolutely NOT let’s break some things down real quick:
- How much is 1 dollar in pesos, how much is 165 for this party experience?
- That’s over 6000 pesos!
- Aren’t I able to have bottomless drinks at my resort?
- I have drinks included at my resort and I’ll probably have a drink or two at the club so I’m not really going to utilize the all I can drink feature.
- How much was my flight here?
- I used the Live Retired Now Travel Course Strategies so I saved a lot on my airfare, in fact my airfare was cheaper then the proposed night out in Cancun. had a round trip for under $150.00 to mexico.
- How much would I spend to go to a club at home?
- I’d never spend this to get into a club at home so why do it here?