Pastor, do you believe that you do not have enough money to take a vacation? If so, then you are not alone.
Many pastors do not receive a large enough salary to pay for a vacation. But this does not mean you should not take one.
It’s important for you and your family to recharge your batteries. The physical, emotional, and spiritual demands of the ministry can easily lead you to fatigue and burnout if you are not careful.
We know that the summer is drawing to a close, so we want to provide you with seven ways you can take a vacation on a budget.
#1. Find discounted getaways
There are many places that offer free or reduced rates for pastors. Here is a non-exhaustive list of pastors’ retreats and getaways curated by Ed Stetzer.
#2. Seek congregational resources
I don't mean you should use the church budget. What I mean is that members of your church may have a vacation home you can use. Be honest with your church leadership when it comes to expressing your need for inexpensive vacation options. This will encourage them to seek out resources among the congregation.
#3. Get creative with a staycation
Your local community or region is full of different activities you can arrange. Get creative with making arrangements by organizing several activities inexpensive or free activities you and your family can enjoy.
#4. Travel during the off-season
Do you have a vacation destination in mind? If so, schedule your trip during the off-season to take advantage of discounted rates.
#5. Stay with family
Do you have family who lives out of town you can stay with? Schedule time to stay at their home. Visit them when they are at home or consider scheduling time to stay at their home when they are out of town. This is a great way to save a tremendous amount of money.
#6. Swap your house
This is similar to the idea above, but with a twist. If you are comfortable with the idea, swap your house with a friend or family member. Make these arrangements ahead of time. This will ensure that you can get something on the calendar.
Again, similar to the idea above, you can look to make arrangements when someone is out of town. This can be a win-win. For example, if your family or friends have animals, you can offer to take care of them while they are out of town.
#7. Vacation with a group
Vacationing with a group is a great way to save on lodging, food, and travel costs if you are driving. Also, if you have children, then you and your family or friends can take turns watching each other’s kids. This will save money for babysitting and allow you and your spouse a carefree night out on the town.
Have you taken a vacation on a budget? How did you do it? Share your experience in the comments!