Vacation vs remodeling?

posted 1 year ago in Travel
Post # 2
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Bumble Beekeeper

With a chronic illness, I’d put the reno first. I’d do the weekend trips you mentioned for sure though. What about camping? Or any friends have a cabin you can borrow for a weekend? Taking no vacations sucks, but it sounds like the master bath will positively impact your life for more than just a week or two. 

Post # 3
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Bee Keeper

So basically you’re saying it’s only going to take you a year to rebuild enough savings to take the bucket list trip and you still get to take the time off and do a local trip this year.

Meanwhile, the bathroom remodel would improve your quality of living for the remaining 51 weeks of the year you aren’t on vacation, and potentially eradicate health concerns because if a place that gets wet and humid isn’t properly ventilated then you always have to have at least a little concern about mold.

Kind of seems like a no-brainer to me to pick the thing with the more immediate and long-lasting benefit, particularly when it only delays the other thing by a year.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: July 2018

If you have a chronic illness that requires you to sit in the bath for several hours at a time would a bucket list vacation even be enjoyable?

Some people don’t really care about the look of their home, I definitely do.  At the end of the day it isn’t a huge decision if you can still do the other thing next year, it isn’t a now or never situation. 

If the bathroom really bothered me I would probably do that and just do a smaller vacation this year. 

 

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper

I would reno the bathroom, improving my every day quality of life and increasing the value of my home, and plan an inexpensive long weekend away for R & R with some staycation time before and after to recharge my batteries. Then I’d start putting money away for the bucket list trip. 

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2016 - Manhattan, NY

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justwondering2015 :  I live for vacations but even I would prioritize the bathroom in your situation. Do a smaller trip so that you have a chance to recharge and have something to look forward to when work gets crazy, but definitely give yourself a new bathroom that you’ll actually be happy to use and spend time in. 

ETA: I would have gotten a new toilet asap if it’s as bad as you say, and the smoke stench wouldn’t work for me. I understand wanting to do all of the renovating at once, but maybe you can start changing things here and there to make it more tolerable in the meantime. 

Post # 8
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Sugar bee

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justwondering2015 :  well I was all for the vacation until I got to the part about your bathroom. Because mine is in desperate need for a remodel too, but hey it works. I cant use the bath tub but the shower works (although it is ugly to look at). And i choose a vacation over it every single time lol

but yours sounds a bit more in need. Especially with how much time you spend in there. And with the ability for you to still take time off and relax at home and the possibility of getting away to do a weekend trip I think would be a good compromise. 

 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee

This is the story of my life – travel or home improvement.  I’m apt to go against the grain here and say vacay since you did just do a kitchen remodel, strides are being made in the home and 4 years without a vacacation IS a big deal in my mind.

The health issue throws a loop though. I think only you can decide which one is best for you.  Like you said you can take a smaller cheaper trip. But I can tell how much the bucket trip is luring you, it’s coming across clear in your post.

Alao, I need to know what the bucket list trip is.

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2018 - NC

The bathroom remodel seems like it would improve your quality of life every day. I’d rather have that, than a vacation that I would enjoy for a week or so.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2017 - Courthouse

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L606 :  I was going to say the same thing. I was already set on the vacation until I read the description of your bathroom. 

I vote remodeling the bathroom and then taking a cheaper weekend trip! 

Post # 12
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Busy bee

Bathroom remodel. Like, yesterday. 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee

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justwondering2015 :  I think this is the right decision. The Great Lakes are no shabby substitute, you can get both a nice getaway & the remodel.  Iceland will be there next year. And you’ll feel less conflicted about it which is another bonus.  

Post # 15
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Busy bee

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justwondering2015 :  get a points credit card and use it to pay for the remodel, then use the points to pay for your flights when you do end up going to Iceland!

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