Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Why Vacations are a Necessity, Not a Luxury




Perhaps it's the fact that summer is officially here, or perhaps it's that today was the last day of school...but there's simply no denying it...I've got vacation on the brain!  Anyone else??

I'm a huge fan of the staycation, as you know, but there are so many amazing things that happen when we pack our bags and get outta dodge for a while.  Today, I'm sharing 4 reasons to plan a vacation this summer (it's not too late, I promise!), plus 5 tips to make your getaway as carefree as possible!

First of all, going away on vacation is just plain relaxing.  I know, I know...there's probably a lot of prep work you have to do before you can leave town, but once you're all packed and the mail has been stopped, you can relax in a way that never seems possible at home.  Knowing that you are away from work and the responsibilities of everyday life is like a huge, amazing breath of fresh air for your soul.  Vacation lets you have a break from the daily grind, and that in itself makes it worth the price.

Second, vacations are made for mindfulness.  Especially when you travel somewhere new, vacation mentality is "I want to see everything here, I want to be fully present, I want to drink this all in."  We know that vacations are fleeting and before we realize it, we will probably be back at our 9 to 5, so we go into our vacation with a mindset of enjoying every minute.  That means we are way more likely to put our phones away, leave the emails unanswered, and just BE.  It's a wonderful, beautiful thing.

Vacations also make it ok for you to #treatyoself.  When we find ourselves in a new place (or even a familiar vacation retreat), we are waaaayyy more likely to splurge.  And that's a good thing.  Oh my goodness, life is so short.  How sad would it be if we never had a rum punch while watching a beautiful sunset or a big bucket of boardwalk fries while hearing the laughter of kids playing on the beach nearby?  Vacation is a time when we are more likely to throw caution to the wind, get out of our comfort zone, try new things, and savor every bite and sip.  That, my Besties, is what I call truly living.  

Finally, vacations give you memories that can provide countless hours of self care even after you arrive home.  Being able to go through your pictures, relive memories with your loved ones, and display souvenirs will increase your happiness every time you do so.  You will no doubt bring to mind fun. laughter, joy, and peaceful times each time you retell your vacation stories and compile your photos into albums or scrapbooks.  Vacations are truly the self care that keeps on giving.

I hope by now I have convinced you that vacations are more than a luxury, they are something to budget and plan for throughout the year.  And, as promised, here are 5 tips to make your vacation as carefree as possible!

What are your reasons for going on vacation?  What places are at the top of your bucket list?

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