by Ellen Barone
Everyone loves the adventure of a vacation. But what about the rest of your life? Here are a few suggestions, observations and reminders on how to bring the adventure home.
1. Dust off your vacation-self. We each have a vacation-self, coded inside us, waiting to be released. The identical twin that zip-lined atop a rainforest canopy, danced the tango in Buenos Aires, or bravely tackled a via ferrata, doesn’t turn into a pumpkin upon returning home. Between trips, our vacation-selves need to be taken out to play. Give yourself permission to indulge curiosity and nurture passion at home, just as you do on vacation.
2. Pass it on. Don’t let newfound travel interests and skills fall by the wayside after you return home. Share the excitement. Invite friends over for a meal of your favorite vacation foods. Buy an extra CD for your sister from the New Orleans club musician whose music you can’t stop raving about. Ask your kids to quiz you from your Spanish immersion school workbook. Sign up for a climbing lesson at the local gym.
3. Keep it simple. It’s the simple pleasures – food, play, sleep - that make a vacation extraordinary. Slow down, do and consume less, simplify your daily life, and savor the simple things: a walk in the woods, a Sunday nap, fresh picked wildflowers.
4. Ditch the to-do list. For many, life at home is consumed by goals, plans, and schedules. But any good traveler knows that the magic happens when you loosen up, relax, and surrender to what is. Take each day as it comes, and let yourself be surprised and delighted by the trip.
5. Chase your dreams. Between the desire and the dream, life lies waiting. Stop living life in a holding pattern: when I have this, then I’ll take a vacation; when I do that, then I’ll exercise; when I go there, then I’ll be happy. Adventure begins today. Get excited about your dreams, and start living it, not tomorrow, not when you’re not tired, not when you have more money, right now. Get to it. “Every day that you sit back and wait for something to happen is another day lost.” ~ Jennifer Flavin
See you out there!
Travel expert Ellen Barone did what many of us only dream of doing: at the age of 35, she traded a successful academic career for the wild blue yonder and set out to explore the world and herself. In the dozen years since that intrepid decision, she has turned passion into profession journeying to more than 70 countries in search of evocative images and life-enriching adventures. Learn more at EllenBarone.com