I returned to work today from a Land-based vacation in Vero Beach, FL. We went to visit my wife’s grandfather who lives at Vero Beach, 1 block from the Ocean. Do not worry, we have at least two cruises planned for this year.
This vacation reminded me of 2 truths. #1: We need vacations. The body rests at night so that it can wake up rejuvenated the next morning. After several months of daily stress from work, school, church, and other activities your body and mind to unplug just as it does every night. A relaxing vacation away from your daily routine gives you the ability to return back to your daily routine with more energy and spirit. After 5 days, I looked forward to picking back up projects at work with higher-level of intensity that would have been impossible without the vacation.
#2: Cruise Vacations are an incredible value. On our vacation to Vero Beach, we had a free place to stay and lucky for us a lot of our meals were provided by family. The whole time we were at the beach, I thought to myself about how nice it was each we did not have to pay for food. I was also thankful that we did not have to pay $100s a night for a condo or Hotel Room. Typically, on land based vacations we have to pay for all of our meals. When you are in a highly visited tourist area those meals are usually very expensive. We would not have vacationed in Florida if it were not for having family there due to all the expenses associated with land-based vacations. We would have opted for the best value in vacationing, a 4 or 5 night cruise. For less than a Hotel room, our transportation tropical ports, food, and entertainment are all included.
Vero Beach, FL was very nice. It was a quiet beach without much to do for teenagers and young adults. A great place if you are looking for a not-so-crowded beach, art, and an average age of 60+. An ideal place to retire or for Snow Birds to enjoy the Winter. Below is a picture of the Beach on April 18, 2009…we had the beach to ourselves!