Beware of Social Media Assumptions

By: David Smyth, June 21, 2018

I recently took what I like to call a "friend-cation," that is, taking a little getaway to stay with friends for a long weekend and enjoying some leisure time catching up. Some of these friends have boats, or vacation homes near beaches or lakes. Most people I know who have invested in these types of recreational activities love to share them with their friends and family, and I for one am happy to take my friends up on these generous offers. It may look lavish, but trust me. It's actually very economical. 
These days, most of us use some type of social media, and just like those lucky beach-house-owning friends love to share, most of us also love to share our adventures on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat or whatever the newest app of the day is. It's human nature to feel those pangs of jealousy, or wonder how your friends are affording fabulous vacations when you're stuck at home with an inflatable kiddie pool - or your livestock tank
Here's the thing folks. Those Facebook-worthy photos often make things look much more extravagant than they really are. That "friend-cation" of mine actually cost very little money, as there was no hotel bill, my friends owned the boat, and I was only out of town for a few days. I stocked the cooler and bought some gas, but that's about it. 
My point here is, don't believe everything you see in your newsfeed, and don't get caught up in a need to keep up with the Joneses. (These days, the Joneses are pretty much everyone you're connected to online. There's no way to outdo everyone. Trust me.)
Further, I know that with the warmer temperatures that we've had, you're probably dreaming of summer adventures, and that budget you swore to stick to in the dead of winter is the farthest thing from your mind. I also know that with a little creativity, you can enjoy all that summer has to offer without blowing your budget. Get creative! Accept invitations to travel with friends or use their second homes. Search for deals, or take day trips, or create your own summer stay-cation. 
Of course if you do want to take a grand getaway, that's okay too. Just make sure you've planned for it and won't end up paying off the credit card just in time to max it out again for Christmas. Tell us in your next planning meeting that you're thinking of a couple weeks at a five-star beach resort next summer, and we'll be happy to help you work towards that goal. And in the mean time, look up from Facebook and enjoy what's in your own backyard. 
PS: If you have a pool (or a boat, or a lakehouse), please, invite me over! I'm all about that. 

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