It’s ‘that’ time of the year, when we make plans for our holidays. Whether it’s Christmas, Hanuka and the New Year’s Eve, most families are done planning and booking (if it’s the case) for these special days together. Some choose to stay at home and enjoy a meal with their loved ones, others are traveling even thousands of miles to various locations where they can meet 2014 in style.
In the past years we chose to spend the holidays at home. We’re not too big with celebration, to tell you the truth, so these days are just few days off our clients. I usually spend my time working on my portfolio, making business/life plans for the next year and just taking it slow (don’t think I work for 12 hours/day :)). We’re cooking what’s usually on the table all year long, with some seasonal additions. Not too many, since we don’t want to enter the new year with some excess weight.
Few exceptions to these rules were the New Year’s Eve between 2008-2009 (we spent it in one of our dearest places on Earth, Croatia) and 2011-2012 (when we were staying at my sister in law in Spain). Both were great times for us and, even if we didn’t go overboard with eating/gifting, the settings were tremendous in both cases.
This year we’ll clearly stay at home for few reasons: my belly is getting bigger and I don’t feel like driving/flying right now. I’ll be close to the 8th month that time and I don’t want to risk anything, not to mention that, if the little miss decides to come early, I want to be close to home and my doctor. Another reason would be that travel this time of the year is VERY expensive. We usually don’t go to any winter vacations (I hate the cold), but, when the little one will be older, we plan on taking her to skiing vacations.
This will happen after the holidays though, since the prices are back to normal. Since none of us two has a ‘regular’ job and we’re actually making our own plans, it’s easy for us to ignore the time most employees have their vacations and go when the prices are not as big as now. We have noticed that few days of travel during holidays would cost us close to what 3 weeks in Croatia during summer costs us. Well, I’d rather remain at home these days and spend 4-5 more days on the seaside for the same money.
So, belly and money are gonna keep us at home these holidays and we’re really happy about it. The plan is to keep our expenses as low as possible, so that we can save more aggressively for 2014. It’s gonna be a very challenging year (the summer holiday in Croatia is already planned, we have a baby on the way etc.), so we’d better be prepared for it.
What’s your plan for the holidays this year? Are you going somewhere? Will stay at home?