We are currently in the last half of summer. Where did the time go? I know that many of my friends and family have either already left on vacation or are planning to leave. Being such a home body you would think I would hate traveling but I love adventure and visiting new places. Doesn’t matter if its a car or plane ride away. I used to hate traveling for many reasons. But now that I travel more often, I am starting to establish a pattern that makes the time away more fulfilling and productive. I have been meaning to write this blog for so long. I’m not perfect at traveling but I hope these tips benefit those planning to go on vacation so that you can maximize your time away.
1) Preparation is Key
While I’m not a professional at this yet (I usually wait for the last minute), I can see that I have a routine I’d like to follow about a week before leaving. I start by listing those things that need to get done before I leave. I like to have my room and living area clean and do all my beauty routines beforehand. This is definitely something I have to improve on. Being more organized as far as preparation helps with my anxiety.
Look at the weather about a week beforehand so you can know the current weather at your destination. Then what I do is take out all of my clothes that I like and dump them on my bed. I print out a Summer vacation packing list (you can find them on Pinterest). From there I choose the clothes I really love and put back the clothes I don’t care for. I separate each article of clothing and group them by style (jeans, t-shirts, dresses, etc.) Then I try to eliminate the groups of clothing by excess. If I have way too many dresses. I choose 1 or 2 and put the rest back in its place. Then I make outfits for each day and put everything in plastic sandwich bags. I personally always try to just take a carry on because Its always with me.
Try to write down all the electronics and things that will be in your carry on bag. You will not be able to forget your batteries or what you need to feel comfortable on the way there if you write a list.
2) Establish a Routine
Vacation is a time to relax and regroup but its also a great time to establish a routine. There is great opportunity to change your sleeping schedule, exercise, or do something you’ve been wanted to do routine wise for a while.
I always try to pray early in the morning at home but I never come around to waking up early. I always like to wake up earlier to take advantage of the day. So what I try to do is wake up earlier than the group I am with and try to pray and read the bible.
I am an introvert, so I need my time alone to retreat and recollect. On many vacations, if I was never making time for myself, I would always become resentful and moody because I didn’t have my space. So establishing my own routine is vital for enjoying my time away. If I get my time in on my own I am ready to be my best self and enjoy time with the people I care about.
Its also a great time to seek God in a new way. Maybe you can write to him or read a different book of the bible. When I have given God a part of my vacation time he has always given me the strength and wisdom to approach my priorities back at home.
3) Do something you’ve been wanting to do
Movie that you’ve been wanting to watch? Wanted to walk a mile somewhere? Want to go to a restaurant? Read a book? Do an art project you haven’t gotten around to?
Doesn’t matter if you are going to another state. Your vacation is valuable to you. You can make the best of it and maximize the fun if you want too. Its up to you.
Do at least one activity that you find truly enjoyable. Not the one that everyone wants to do, so you do it anyway.
4) Make the best of every situation
Something may happen that is beyond our control during vacation. Bad weather or maybe an argument . Remember that no matter what happens, a vacation is a time away in which you have made a huge investment in. Try to resolve any situation to the best of your ability and pull yourself together. Make the most of your time away so that the memories of the vacation will not be focused on the unfortunate mishaps.
A few trips Ive allowed little things or my foolish emotions take control instead of handling things with facts and the right mindset. So know I look at those vacations and remember them with embarrassment about my bad attitude or argument I had with someone. Being positive has helped me to make the best of any situation while I am away.