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We all have a “dream” vacation in mind that we would go on in a heartbeat if it weren’t for kids, finances, jobs and all of life’s other stresses. There really never is a perfect time to take a once-in-a-lifetime trip, so we say start planning it now!

Most families go on a vacation once per year — and couples vacation without the kids even less often than that. It seems as though there’s always something preventing us from taking the trip of a lifetime, but really — is there ever a perfect time to go on a vacation? Probably not. We all have bills, jobs, children and responsibilities. But life is short, and we think it’s time to start doing the things we love now. With a little bit of planning you can start living your dreams, and what better way to start than with your dream vacation?

Set goals

If no goals are set, a dream stays just that — a dream. If you plan on taking your dream trip with your significant other, start discussing it and setting goals now. Here are some specific goals to keep in mind:

  • When do you want this trip to take place?
  • What is the budget for the trip?
  • What’s your plan for saving for this budget?
  • Where will the kids stay?
  • How long can you take off from work?
  • What activities do you want to do once there?

Setting goals makes dreams attainable. Come up with a plan, start saving and put the plan into action.

Check out these 9 steps to setting goals with your partner >>

Put the goals into action

Commit to your goals and be specific. For example, if your dream vacation costs $5,000 and you plan on going in 10 months, you need to start saving $500 per month. Some easy ways to save money monthly include:

  • Reduce your cable, internet and cell phone plans
  • Eat at home as often as possible
  • Make coffee at home instead of going to Starbucks (this could save $100+ per month)
  • Save on gas by carpooling
  • Don’t overspend on gifts for others
  • Cancel any unused subscriptions or memberships (tanning, gym, etc.)
  • Go to the hair and nail salon less often

Yes, you will have to make sacrifices, but you only live once. When you’re sitting on the beach with a margarita in hand, you won’t mind at all that you skipped a few morning lattes.

Why you should do it now

Life is short — so short. As we get older, we typically only add more and more responsibilities to our already hectic lives. Vacations are a way to escape from reality, become better connected to your spouse, get a break from work and just relax. We all need vacations! Start planning one now and give yourself something to look forward to this year.

Dream vacation ideas

To some, a dream vacation involves nothing but a beach, a drink in hand and a book. Others prefer getting outdoors and being adventurous, and some love learning about other cultures and traveling abroad. The beauty of a dream vacation is that you get to pick — it’s your dream! Top dream vacations include Hawaii, Europe, the Caribbean and Canada.

Check out these 8 bucket-list travel experiences or these 20 must-see US destinations >>

Tell us

What is your dream vacation, and when do you plan on taking it? Share in the comments below!

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Comments on "Plan your dream vacation now"

Hannah February 27, 2013 | 5:02 PM

My "dream" vacation right now is going to Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas. I've been wanting to go for awhile, but lately find myself browsing the resort's site in my free time! I think that's a sign I need to start planning!

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