Vacations enhance ‘Bonding’ between family members. They are forced to see each other and live with each other while on a vacation. If done well vacations have a tremendous recharging value too. But I have hardly seen people taking 100% vacations. Here is how they mess up and my learning out of their messing up:-
If you take a less than a 100% vacation – then it is NOT a vacation. 100% vacation to me means- switching off mobiles / emails / not uploading pictures on FB / Twitter from the place of vacation etc. It also means choosing the best and not saving money during the precious moments of life.
Timing of vacation is also important e.g. there is no point going to a hill station at a time when almost everyone is there on the hill for their vacations. You’ll only feel stupid at the end of it.
If at the end of a vacation – you end up feeling fatigued – then it was not a vacation. Do ‘less’ on a vacation. Do not pack your schedules / itinerary in a way that you exhaust yourself.
CLICK fewer pictures when on a vacation. Over usage of camera kills the vacation. Remember: – You are giving a vacation to the MIND more than anything else. Do not miss on the life’s bigger picture while trying to find the ideal FB Profile picture.
I grew up at a hill station. I observed two kinds of ‘vacation takers’ there. Majority take vacations like a Class 10 board exam i.e. ‘I need to wind up my syllabus by visiting all the places possible in the short time that I have’. Then I met the wonderful minority; the mavericks who consume their time on vacations like a slow sipper of a wonderful drink. I became a fan of such people’s attitudes. There is no point in returning from Vacations with traveled bodies but untraveled minds.
Travel the world but don’t tell the world about it from every Bus Station that you reach. Vacations will become vacuous otherwise. Take nothing less than 100% Vacations.
I protect my ‘Places to see before I die LIST’ over and above any other list. This keeps the zing in my life going.
Leaving you with a slightly strange & inexplicable observation that I had recently:- I saw a distinct connect between beauty and richness e.g. I never see as many beautiful women & handsome men at Railway Stations; as I get to see at Airports. This remains a mystery for me 🙂