I do admit, when my family and I have taken vacation, we haven’t exactly traveled very far outside the province. However, I don’t think it matters so much where you go, but instead the fun memories you make when you go.
Some of my more fond vacation memories are of wandering Niagara Falls and site seeing, hanging out in a hotel room and watching television and talking with family, relaxing and swimming at Wasaga Beach, or touring the museums in Ottawa.
This year, I will be taking a short few-day trip to Blue Mountain Resort.
Sometimes I think it is just fun to escape your normal life, staying in a hotel where you don’t need to worry about making the bed each morning, eating at different restaurants, instead of making food at home and doing the dishes afterwards, and just enjoying laughs with the people that are around you.
Also, wherever you go, it is likely a place where nobody knows your name, a place where you can escape from the everyday routine and disappear from any regular responsibility. We, as people, tend to get so caught up in routine sometimes, that it is good to break formation once and a while, and do something different. This makes us appreciate the people, that are always around us, more as well, and offers a chance to possibly learn something about someone, they didn’t already know.
It is sometimes surprising to see stats, such as a 2014 survey by firm Robert Half that found 26 per cent of Canadians were not taking any vacation time.
I think vacation not only helps your mind reset, to allow you to put out better work later on, but it also can allow you to take a step back and see just how far you have come in your current role and makes you appreciate where you are, more. Also, according to a 2010 study, published in the journal Applied Research in Quality of Life, just planning a trip alone can make you happier.
I think everyone needs to give themselves permission to take some time. You don’t need to go too far away, but just take some time to relax and reflect, enjoy yourself while we still have this summer weather. It will do everyone some good.
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