The 'Save-Cation': A Travel Trend That Saves More Than Money
We were excited when we first heard the term. Is this an extreme form of staycation, where you stay close to home but still avoid big spending? Is it a twist on the spending fast, where it's your swollen budget that's getting a vacation? Or maybe just a long weekend where you finally have those difficult financial discussions that you'd been putting off?
Well, it's none of the above: The goal of the save-cation is not to save money, but to save your marriage.
That's according to the New York Times, which reports on the rising trend of what's also known as the "Hail-Mary Honeymoon."
Okay, so it's not exactly about saving money. But if you think about it, what's more expensive: Getting a divorce, or flying to the Caribbean for a week?
Divorce is, after all, a pricey proposition: By one estimate, the average divorce costs $20,000 when all is said and done. And there are all sorts of costs associated with disentangling joint accounts, paying tax penalties on investments and finding new places to live.
Of course, you're still going to be stuck with those expenses if the save-cation doesn't work. But given how miserable divorce is -- for you and your finances -- it's worth a try.