Joy and Pleasure of Vacation
Ever feel yourself stuck in a vacationing rut? Do you find the planning exhausting? Do you stress out over small things and your energy gets sapped? Do you cram too many things into too little time, and you come back more tired than when you left? This is not what a vacation should feel like.
How to become a Zen master of vacationing.
Move a little bit every day you’re on vacation. This isn’t about working out; it’s just about doing what your body and brain wants you to do, which is move around a little. Lounging is great — there should definitely be time for lounging — but only lounging for days on end has an ironic "deenergizing" effect on the body. Whatever your level of mobility or fitness, pick something to do every day that gives you a burst of activity: walking, swimming, a bike ride or playing with your kids. If you have some physical limitations, plan ahead and find walker or wheelchair friendly spaces to explore, even if it’s just for 20 minutes each day. Your body and your brain will thank you. Activity actually helps boost your body’s ability to fully relax and soak up the restorative purpose of vacationing. Get present to real, peaceful, natural beauty. You may not be the camping or sporty type. That’s 100% okay! You don’t have to hike the Grand Canyon to sit in total awe of it. Even the biggest, loudest city has peaceful places to just be in the presence of natural beauty. Just soak in your surroundings and the view; pay attention to light, sounds, sensations and smells. Cultivate your appetite for “different.” This one can be challenging — but it pays huge dividends when it comes to creating vacations that are full, satisfying, and memorable. This is less about booking some extreme trip and more about being willing to approach every trip as a learning experience, to being open to the possibility that every vacation can actually make you a better person. Seek out conversations with interesting strangers. Learn some phrases in a new language and practice them and see what happens. Try new foods. Take the risk of not knowing and being willing to ask. Put your money into experiences, not things. Again, this one can be challenging. Vacations in and of themselves are experiences — so that’s one step in the best direction — and getting a few small things to remember your trip is certainly not a bad thing. But keep an eye out for ways to maximize your experience of each moment. Treat your vacation like a vocation. The word “vacation” comes from the Latin vacare, which means “freedom from obligation and duty, release, to be free and at leisure” to reenergize and reconnect. The word “vocation” comes from the Latin vocare, which means “to call” — as in, your personal calling, your purpose, the things that bring you deep joy and bring out the best in you and everyone around you. If you’re looking for ways to maximize your travel experiences, but you’re not quite sure how to get there, we would love to help! If planning stresses you out, we can be your best ally. We love this work and can help connect you with the places and experiences that will stay with you for a lifetime. Let’s talk today!
Happy & Safe Travels ! Adventure Awaits You !! ~ Linda and Lori
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