It’s summer, it’s time to vacate….I mean vacation
Phoenix, Arizona. Summer 2014. Summer has arrived and people are on the move. The word “vacation” is about to take on real meaning, after being planned months ago. The anticipation is growing and all the little details are now being taken care of. The flights were bought, the hotels booked, the kennel arranged, the maps gathered, and so much more. The excitement is at its peak.
So, what’s next? After patiently waiting, now we prepare to wait, some more. We park the car at the airport and wait for the shuttle to take us to the terminal. We wait in line to check-in and turn over our luggage. We slide slowly in our socks progressing through security. We wait at the gate until we are permitted to board the plane. We find our seat and wait until the pilot receives permission to leave. We wait until the seat belt sign goes off…then on…then off, again. We land and wait for all those slow people in front of us to get off the plane. We wait by the carousel for our luggage. We wait for the shuttle to our rental car. We wait in line for the car. We wait in traffic on the way to the hotel. We wait for the attendant to take our car. We wait for the front desk to check us in. We get to our room and the vacation begins. But, we are so tired from waiting, we decide to wait and rest.
So, now that the waiting and planning are over, it’s time to vacate….I mean vacation. I tell my friends (customers) that a good vacation often requires a flexible schedule. Don’t plan every day like it’s your last. Plan every day like it’s your first! Relax, enjoy, absorb. Become a part of this new adventure and less of a tourist. See the important sites you’ve always wanted to see and touch the things you’ve only seen on tv or in a magazine. But, be sure to take some time and just exist.
Grab a cup of coffee in a busy part of town and just people watch. Grab a pint of ale and talk with the locals in a pub. Sip a glass of wine in the quiet countryside and see what life is really all about. It’s a vacation. Vacate your daily life and do what you normally don’t do. Try a different food. Walk a different street. Look at the famous statue from a different angle. You’ve waited long enough. Now, allow your vacation to take control of your daily life.
When you planned your vacation, did you research it yourself? Did you use a Travel Agent? Did you consult a friend? How did you plan this time away from home? I encourage people to NOT educate themselves too much. Sure, plan the trip so you have no regrets, but decide if this is a vacation or an educational experience. I believe that a little ignorance is a good thing. If you learn too much, all you’ll see is what you already know. I enjoy taking at least one day of trip with no guidance, no knowledge, and, especially, no map.
Just pick a direction and wander. Of course, don’t head towards a dangerous part of town, so do a little planning to avoid something, but not too much planning to get somewhere. The excitement of “accidentally” finding something that amazes you will bring memories that will stay with you. Whether suddenly driving into Gettysburg or getting off a train at a vineyard south of Paris, you’ll find moments to live, love, and endure. Don’t be afraid to say that I’m from Phoenix and have no idea how to get back to my hotel. If you can get there, you can get back!
So just enjoy. It’s called a vacation. Vacate your normal life. And, when it’s over, begin the process of returning to your normal life…one line at a time. But, this time, while you wait in each line, the excitement will begin as thoughts of the next adventure begin.