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. Don’t kill your vacations after you have gone through all the trouble to find time to go on one – by being all over the place!

I am a Motivational Speaker, which means – I hardly get to go to vacations. And the irony of my life is that I travel all the time. There is a huge difference between the two which many do not understand! So when I do get to go on one, I ensure I make the most out of it.

Now, you may not agree to the fact that you are trying to kill your vacations, but if you are doing any of the following three, trust me – you are not coming back very rejuvenated either!

< 100% Vacation

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.

(Some awesome travel stories at the Conde Naste Traveller, for your next trip)

A Syllabus of Places to Visit

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.

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.

A Vacation for Facebook 

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.

(Read: 12 Ways of Limiting Social Media Time Jab We (Inter)Net)

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.

There is an explicable joy in traveling, in getting lost amidst nature. Unless you are travel blogger, in which case pictures are probably mandatory – why don’t you just take a real break from everything and focus on the immense beauty that nature has to offer?

If you do not know how to take a vacation, this may help: 3 Ways to Make your Vacation More Enjoyable

Soak yourself in the oxygen of that place, you won’t it anywhere else. Bathe in those clouds, find yourself in the echo that bounces of those mountains – really see the place instead of just taking pictures. The mental picture you will carry back – will remain with you for much longer!

Don’t just travel. And don’t kill your vacations by traveling like a crash course. Live those moments. Come back with memories.

Akash Gautam

About Author

Akash Gautam is a Motivational Speaker & Corporate Trainer in India. Hundreds of Top Corporates like Google, CIPLA, Vodafone, McKinsey & Co., Maruti, HDFC, RIL, M&M & premier colleges like IIMs, IITs, SRCC etc go to him whenever they need a refreshing, big bang impact. Write to usWrite to us to know how he can transform your Team.

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