It is summer, time for vacation!
Have you taken a vacation lately?
Did it involve travel?
Was it too wonderful for words?
Did you have fun and can’t wait to do it again?
As you may know, I recently went on vacation and retreat to Vancouver Island and it was fabulous – refreshing, relaxing and rejuvenating! All the things I want from a vacation. But traveling can be challenging. While my flights weren’t cancelled, I did spend 5 hours waiting for connections.
Possibly, you haven’t had a vacation in a long time – do you remember that feeling of excitement and fun from a favorite vacation in the past?
Vacation is intended to be a break from the ordinary as a restful respite. It may be a busy or active time without the stress of every day.
Some daily self-care routines may carry over into vacation – with more space for self-nurturing.
Staycations are Vacations, Too
You could have good reason, the cost of gas for one or the challenge of travel for another, that continues to keep you at home, but you can choose to take a “Staycation”. A vacation where you stay at home and hang out the sign calling it VACATION.
How do you approach that? Identify the characteristics of that vacation that you loved – do you like to go places, eat out, visit friends, play at the pool or the beach, go to a museum, take pictures or take a nap?
Whatever it is, you can create a staycation and do these same types of things! Plan it like any other vacation – choose the time and the activities, put the daily chores on the back burner and enjoy.
The Objective is Fun
For instance, if you love to eat out – choose to different places than usual. It doesn’t need to be expensive – the objective is FUN.
Look around your neighborhood or the area around home and see what fun things there are to do that you haven’t visited in awhile or ever.
Be the tourist in your hometown, enjoy the small local historical museum, the walk through the nearby park with a picnic lunch at the end.
Maybe your community is like mine and is doing Concerts in the Park – GO! Make it different, make it fun.
Who knows, maybe it’s playing a favorite board game with the family and friends for the first time in a long time, a laughter filled time.
Possibly, you’ll discover something you make a part of your regular life because it is close. You’ll get that sense of freedom and relaxation that vacation brings on a mini basis.
A couple of my favorite things are a nap in the afternoon or time with a trashy novel – a complete escape from the everyday ordinary.
A staycation is your opportunity to identify what marks a meaningful break for you – you are relaxed, joyful and you recapture that connection with the things that are important.
My Book Status
In the past, I promised to keep you posted on what I’m up to around town:
The other big news I have is about my book, Everything I Learned About Life I Learned on Vacation. I have opened a wait list for publication notifications. You can sign-up for the wait list.
May you have a blessed, fun-filled week.
‘til the next time.