On a vacation trip to the Caribbean once, during the hotel “orientation” session, our very funny host told us that there were only two speeds on the island – slow and stop. I laughed at the time but never forgot those words.
The question is, do most of us really change our attitude or pace while on vacation? Do we really have a vacation mode? At this time of year I think it is a good idea to remind ourselves about the purpose of a vacation. Isn’t it to “stop” and “slow down”? Well, I’m here to tell you that it is and I want to help.
Here are 5 things to remember when you are on vacation:
1. Remember that you are on vacation. For a little encouragement, take a look at the definition of vacation:
“va·ca·tion [vey-key-shuh n, vuh-] noun, a period of suspension of work, study, or other activity, usually used for rest, recreation, or travel; recess or holiday”
2. Stop doing certain things. Pick a few things from normal or work life that you will not be doing on vacation and give yourself permission not to do them.
3. Slow down. If you have to – make a schedule and then take ½ of the things on the list – off the list. Try it, and make sure to give yourself more time to do simple things like walking, sleeping, and eating.
4. You are not at home. Change things up a bit. Do different things and do the same things differently.
5. Relax… Back to the dictionary for this one too.
“re·lax [ri-laks] verb,
a. to make less tense, rigid, or firm; make lax: to relax the muscles.
b. to slacken or abate, as effort, attention, etc.
c. to make less strict or severe, as rules, discipline, etc”
There might be compelling reasons to ignore all of this. If you are on a bike tour, have children, or visiting family for example, this may all be moot. But, these are good ideas to keep for next time.