Anyone that works knows that by the time it comes around to taking a vacation you are more than ready for one. No matter what you do for a living, everyone needs some time off to be able to recoup from the year they just put in. Picking the right place for your budget is part of the fun and you shouldn't need to be stressed out no matter how much money you can afford to spend.
If you are on a tight budget, you might want to keep your holidays to staying in your own area instead of trying to plan a trip that might be across the country. There is absolutely no reason to put off a vacation if you feel you can only afford to go just a few hours away from home. You can still find ways to have fun whether it's at a campground or it's visiting the mountains or the ocean if you live in a state that has a shoreline.
Even if you want to visit a city in your state that you've never been to before does not mean that you have to pay a lot of money for somewhere to stay. Plan on bringing your camping equipment and camp somewhere near the city you are interested in visiting. Sleeping under the stars at night sometimes has a lot more benefits than paying for four walls and a ceiling in a fancy hotel.
If you have a little larger budget than just staying really close to home yet you still don't have enough to take on a full blown expensive trip, you might consider driving across country to a location you've never been to and a long the way you might discover a lot of things you didn't know about the United States before. Or you can just decide to visit one of the states that happens to border the state that you live in and find a great place to vacation that way.
For instance consider visiting Las Vegas, Yellowstone or Yosemite National Parks, check out Seattle, where there are plenty of things to do, or if you love Shakespeare why not check out the famous Ashland, Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
You might even consider a trip to the Florida Keys or visit the Smokey Mountains. There endless things to do that may take some travel but that also may be just outside your backyard.
If you have the money to do it and there is no real budget to have to follow, then don't hesitate in taking that expensive trip. Give yourself that dream vacation by going somewhere you have always dreamed of going.
Explore Hawaii or Alaska, take a trip outside of the United States and wherever you go make sure to plan for plenty of pampering time. And forget about saving money on accommodations, go all out and book yourself in a room where they put chocolate on your pillows and have a turn down service!