The value of vacation is not where you go, how much you spend, or what you do when you get there. It’s not the suntan I look forward to (mostly because I burn too easily) or the tropical drinks by the pool (although they are pretty great). For me, vacation is about recharging. Recharging my mental, physical, and emotional self. I run ragged most of the year with a full-time career, co-owning a business, writing, and participating in several social and industry groups. Oh, right, and then there’s family…let’s not forget about them.
Just like our everyday lives, there are good and bad vacations, but it’s up to you to make it fit your needs. For me, vacation needs to take me out of technology and unplug from the everyday, it needs to be a source of quality time, and it needs to relax me.
When I’m on vacation I like to totally unplug from my “normal” life. I turn off the cell phone and avoid email and social media. Most of the time when I travel I don’t even bring the laptop with me, but there is always that fear to be without it should a great story idea pop into my head. Sure I’m temped to post all the great pictures of my trip or just check-in on emails, but if I start I know I won’t be focusing on my time away.
Spending uninterrupted quality time with loved ones is one of the greatest vacation secrets. It is time that we get to make memories together doing things that we love doing. A day at the beach or a weekend in Disneyland it’s all the same to me. As long as I have people there that I love, I can make it a great time with them.
Vacation is the one place I don’t feel guilty sleeping in to 8:30. I know that doesn’t sound all that late, but when you are up every morning at 5:00, 8:30 is sleeping in. It’s also a great time to take a mid-day nap if you can. I always have a book to read (in front of a fireplace or at the beach/pool) and most places can recommend a spa for a pedicure, massage, or facial if I really want to relax.
Whether you vacation for a weekend, a week, or more make sure you are using it to recharge your batteries, ignite your passion, and focusing on you. Slow down and listen to your body. It will tell you exactly what you need. That way when you get back to your normal life you are ready to take it on in full-force.
Lisa Heartman writes contemporary romance and romantic suspense novels.