Photo Credit: Moumita Dutta

I feel like this is an especially important topic, even more so now because it is summer.

I recently came back from a vacation, and it was really nice. I toured much of the U.S. and got to see some big cities like New York, Boston, and Washington D.C. I think my favourite part was visiting the capital, because I like visiting old monuments and museums (which there are a lot of in D.C.)

But sometimes, vacations don’t always work out they way you want them to. This is mostly because a lot of people don’t actually ‘leave’ their work lives behind. They bring their work with them physically — or they are always thinking about it. They keep on remembering the pile of work they have to do at home and consequently do not enjoy the vacation.

Another reason is having a full ‘vacation schedule’. I love to go see new things. But I would rather see five new things in one day rather than twenty. Sometimes we keep the schedule so full with our to-do list that it just starts to feel like another checklist in your everyday life. Taking time off to just relax during the vacation is just as important. Stay in bed, watch TV, or wander around the beach. Weave through gift shops and neighborhood stores aimlessly.

This isn’t to say that you can’t have a full schedule. Some people like that more than not planning their day. And that’s totally okay! I couldn’t have seen all the things in the U.S. if I hadn’t gotten up early in the morning and went out. But we get tired driving hours upon hours to the next town, and walking to different sites. In the future, I would like to have at least one day where I can go out and just explore with no time restraints.

So, for a fulfilling vacation, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Try and live in the moment. Don’t think about your work or the other things you have to do when you get home. You’ll get to that when the time comes.
  • If you absolutely have to work during the vacation, don’t stress about it all day. Rather, set a specific time frame where you will work, and enjoy your vacation without stressing for the rest of the day.
  • Know how much travelling in one day is best for you. Every person has their own needs, and some days are better than others. Don’t push yourself too hard to see 20 things in one day. Sometimes you just have to take back a step and enjoy your immediate surroundings for a day (for example, don’t try and tour all of Toronto and Ottawa in one day if your body isn’t up to it).

Stay tuned, and stay happy! : )

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