Ahhhhh, summer vacation...It comes but once a year and whether it is four months long, eight weeks, or two weeks, it's hard-earned time-off to rejuvinate and reward yourself.
With my summer vacation starting in just mere hours, I was giving some thought to five things that I want to do on my summer vacation.
5. See Something New
With family obligations that pull us either east or west each year it could easily become more of the same-old same-old so we make an effort to throw in a couple of new sights en route each year. Take a different route, take couple of days break from the family and take a side trip. Spice it up a little. Discovering new sights, hikes or activities gives some added excitement to the annual trip to Grandma's House.
4.Try Something New
We're planning to canoe out to an island and camp for a couple of nights but maybe you're considering paddling down the Grand Canyon? Climbing along a via ferrata? How about a new recipe? Vacations allow us time to experiement. And you never know, you might find something habit-forming!
How many times have you come home from vacation feeling like you need a vacation? It's so tempting to book your flight so that you arrive home at the last possible minute before having to punch the time-clock, but try to work in some good down time on your vacation or arrive home with a day to spare. You might want to consider some of the tips in this article by Ellen Barone about what to do when the hardest part is going home!
2. Get Some Exercise
Whether you are planning on a walking or hiking vacation or want to ride your bike, make some time to stretch your legs and let your mind wander. It's good for your heart, lungs and your soul. But don't feel pressured to summit Mt Everest or walk across the Gobi Desert if that's not your style. Find something that fits.
Even if your vacation is 2 weeks puttering around the house and day-hikes in the countryside, make an effort to reconnect with yourself, your family, your friends and the earth. It's easy in our day-to-day lives to put your nose to the grindstone and just 'get 'er done'. And even on vacation the tempation to check your e-mail, update your facebook status and check your twitter stream is strong, but try to limit these activities and enjoy the time with friends, family and a new place. Take the time on your vacation to ground yourself again. Strengthen those important relationships and tighten the bonds. It makes re-integration into your normal life a little more tolerable.
What about you? What are the top items on your Summer Vacation To-Do List?