Have you ever found yourself on vacation saying, “I’m going to need a vacation to recover from this vacation?” I used to do that, too. When we left for a vacation last week, I really thought that I’d come back saying that same thing again. However, that is not the case this time. A few simple guidelines became very obvious one morning over my eggs Benedict, and I have penned them here for you.
Number 1: Do things you never do.
This really does seem obvious. After all, how many of us go parasailing on a regular basis? Yet we show up at the beach, see the speedboat, and just can’t control ourselves. While I’m not so courageous as to go parasailing (ever, for any reason!), there are things that I can only bring myself to do while on vacation.
While it is no secret that I enjoy dancing, I’m actually quite boring to watch. I prefer those dances from years ago, like foxtrot, tango, and waltz. Unless you are at a dance studio or competition, you won’t see these dances anymore. Yet, the deep secret that no one who knows me knows is that I really like to do a more modern dance style called West Coast Swing. I love it! I’m not good at it by any stretch of the imagination, but I love it. I just don’t do very much WCS because there are people whom I know that are far better at this style of dance than I am. Mostly, I don’t want to embarrass myself in front of them. However, get me in a nightclub far from home where I know no one, and I become a completely different person. I really dance like no one is watching, and I have fun. I get to be whom and what I am on a dance floor. That persona disappears when I board the plane home.
So find that thing that you would never even imagine doing at home, and go for it! As my son and I often say, “Go big or go home.” It’s become a vacation axiom for our family.
Number 2: Do things you always do.
When you are on vacation, you should be comfortable. You should not have to do anything that you don’t want to do. There is a great deal of peace to be found in those things that are familiar to us. Throwing those comforts aside while on vacation can be counter-productive.
When I’m at home or even traveling for business, I avoid buffet lines at all costs. If I have to attend a potluck meal, I make every attempt to avoid being rude, but I still want to be at the front of the line (If I’m a few people back, I won’t touch any food that has already been selected. I’m not quite a germ-a-phobe, but I could become one.). Therefore, eating at the ship’s Lido Deck buffet is not a joy to me, but a horror! I know there are people who brag of getting their money’s worth in the amount of bacon they consume alone. Not me!
If there are things that you do at home in which you find comfort, peace, or joy, it is okay to do those while vacationing, too. If you are an early riser and daily Bible reader, you will probably enjoy continuing this habit on vacation. Those who walk or jog a few miles regularly will probably feel their best if they continue their regimen. By definition, we should have the opportunity to feel our very best when vacationing. So, do those things that make you feel good.
Number 3: Do the things you love to do.
If you enjoy sitting in a quiet place and reading, then don’t feel obligated to join in the conga line or even the bingo game. Vacations should allow us to do things we enjoy.
I love to read. One day on my vacation I read for nearly 8 hours! I didn’t feel like talking to anyone, not even my husband, so I read. He’s a big boy now and can entertain himself. I also enjoy sitting at a restaurant and having someone else prepare my food and serve it to me. Guess where I ate? I enjoy writing, too. So one morning while waiting for the server to bring my breakfast, I wrote the notes for this blog post. Because I love to do all of these things, it simply doesn’t make sense to deprive myself of them just because I’m on a vacation.
When vacationing, find those things you love to do, and do them profusely. Don’t feel obliged to please everyone else all the time. If you’ve worked hard enough to pay for it, then you deserve to enjoy the vacation.
The final three points will be posted tomorrow. Meanwhile, I’m glad that you, too, enjoy reading, and I thank you for reading my post.