Did you know that in a 2011 survey by the American Psychological Association, about one-third of the respondents felt tense or stressed out during their workday? This holds true for most of the population in the world who are so busy hustling while life simply passes them by. People are so worried about saving up for the future that they forget to really step back and appreciate the present moment. I have way too many friends who are always too "busy" to really LIVE life and go out and experience the world they live in with all its beauty, love and splendor. Our bodies aren't meant to simply be plopped up on chairs behind desks and our eyes aren't meant to stare at computer screens all day! There is a world so big and beautiful out there and it is there for us to explore and appreciate.
Some of my friends complaint that they don't have enough time between school and work to be able to experience the world like some people on their Instagram seem to be doing every single day. My response to such a dilemma is that there won't EVER be "enough time". There will always be something taking over your life and demanding your attention during every single phase of your life.
This is why it is your responsibility to make that time to take that vacation and open your eyes to all the possibilities and opportunities the world has to offer. If all you have is the weekend, then so be it! I know it sounds tempting to just lay in bed and shut yourself off from the rest of the world while watching your favorite TV shows after a tiring week at work. However, that is not going to help you grow or make you realize the great things that you are capable of achieving. I see people around me working so hard to "make a living" but they aren't actually able to really live the life they've been given. Go out, explore, meet new people, learn about new cultures, see with your own two eyes how the snowy Himalayan Mountains kiss the blue sky and let your ears hear the sound of the waves crashing while you breathe in the salty ocean air. The time is now! You owe it to yourself.
How to plan a vacation
1. Keep a track of your vacation days
For those of us who only get a limited number of vacation days a year need to begin with finding out how many days they want to allot to each trip. Do not use all of your vacation days on one trip alone and get burned out by work for the rest of the year. Instead, plan your trips in such a way that you can travel and reach your vacation spot by Friday evening after work and the weekend gives you two free extra days to either relax or explore.
2. Make a budget
Decide how much you are willing to spend on your vacation. Make a list of all the possible expenses during your trip. These days with a little research it is easy to find accommodation for reasonable prices and food expenses can be considerably controlled by buying essential items from grocery stores near your vacation spot instead of eating every meal at a restaurant.
3. Pick your vacation spot
Once you have established the number of days you have for a much needed get-away, you can make a decision on a possible destination. Depending on the number of days and your budget, you could either take a short road trip or even go across the globe to a completely new country. It is always good to do a little research to know more about your options before coming to a decision since some places might require you to make other arrangements prior to arriving.
4. Try to experiment
You might have a favorite place to go to or a place you have grown comfortable with over the years as a result of multiple visits but it is important that you try to visit at least one new location each time you decide to take a vacation. There are so many amazing places out there that might just become your new favorite, but you won't know until you explore.
5. Plan way ahead of time
It is important to plan a vacation at least two or three months before you are actually planning to go in order to get the best deals, especially on flights. The closer you get to your desired departure date, the more expensive the flights will be. Keep looking on various websites for deals before making the final booking. You can find amazing deals if you do enough research.
6. Sit back, Relax
Vacation time is all about YOU! So treat yourself, enjoy the present moment and put your work phone away. In order to be more productive and efficient our minds and bodies need a break like this every so often to rejuvenate and refresh. Sit back and enjoy that beautiful sunset. Give your mind and body the rest it both deserves and needs so you can come back from your vacation even more energized.
So, where are you planning to go?