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The Importance of Traveling and Vacations by Ashanti Wilson

Apr 04, 2019
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We’ve all heard and used the phrase, “I need a vacation”…but how many of us actually make and take the time to go on one?

Recently at work I had a coworker say that she’s hesitant to go on vacation because of both the prep work traveling requires and the catching up once back home. I couldn’t fully grasp what she was saying because I literally go somewhere almost every month. Vacations to me are essential, not only are they an opportunity for me to spend time with myself, family, and friends, but it’s a time for me to unwind, experience new sights, cultures, activities and food. It’s a time for me to add some spontaneity to everyday life and truly reflect the principles “work to live” or “live everyday like its your last.”

Let’s just think about 3 reasons why vacations and traveling are important and how you can begin your next trip.

1. Vacations are an opportunity to escape your everyday life.

Many people probably have a routine that they stick to everyday: wake up, get the kids or themselves ready for the day, go to school/work, eat, run errands, sleep, repeat. That life is typical. With vacations you can have atypical days.

Imagine waking up to the crisp salty beach air in an oceanfront suite somewhere in the Caribbean. Envision yourself at peace and feeling relaxed as you venture to the all-inclusive restaurant for a morning mimosa (maybe even with a shot of Hennessy) and an endless buffet of quality breakfast foods. Then you voyage to the resort’s spa for a massage, followed by a quick walk on the beach and a dip in the pool. Now elevate that experience by having your best friend/bae or family members by your side.
Doesn’t that sound nice?

Too relaxing for you? Picture this. Imagine waking up in Las Vegas, going downstairs to your hotel’s casino winning big and then going on a pool party bus. Stopping at multiple top pool parties in popular Vegas Hotel Pools like the Hard Rock’s Rehab and then ending your night with VIP service at Drai’s Beachclub & Nightclub.

Or maybe you’re more of the foodie type? How about you venture down to New Orleans for some beignets, crawfish, gumbo, hurricane drinks, haunted ghost tours and some gator watching. My point is, however you envision your vacation, there’s a destination to match. And if you have multiple moods that you want to experience while on vacation then you’re able to do that as well. A vacation is a customizable experience; you’re in control of how you create your vacation memories!

2. Vacations and traveling can be affordable.

Too often I hear people say that they can’t afford to travel or go on vacation because they either don’t have the time or the funds. I disagree. People make time for the things they want to make time for. In today’s world there are so many options and ways to pay off trips that excuses are limited. I don’t know about you, but I always want to make time for a vacation. If you’re one of the people who think that vacations are too expensive, think about what you spend your money on regularly. If you’re buying designer bags, designer shoes, eating out every other day, running up bar tabs, booking VIP tables every other weekend or spending your money regularly on other recreational activities then you can afford to pay for a vacation.

The hardest part about booking a trip is securing a good flight deal. Websites like Google Flight or apps like the Hopper app help you track flights so that when a good deal is available, you can book it right then and there. Another insider tip is when booking many large hotel and resort chains directly, you can either pay a one night deposit or can guarantee your room reservation with a credit card. Guaranteeing your room reservation with a credit card means that you are not expected to make a deposit and will pay for your full room stay upon check in. Many large hotel and resort chains also have discounts for students or AAA you just have to know how to access the codes to save you money! When it comes to activities and excursions during your stay, Groupon is a great place to start especially for domestic destinations. For international destinations, I prefer Viator or to book with my resort/hotel directly if they have partnerships with excursion companies.

The most important part about making a vacation affordable is the planning and budgeting you do prior to the trip and while on the trip. Don’t live it up so much on vacation that you forget you have to return to your regular life and become “vacation broke.” Budget accordingly so that you can live comfortably post-vacation.

3. Vacations are truly healthy for you.

Vacations serve as mood boosters. A study conducted in the Netherlands showed that planning a vacation increases overall happiness that have lasting effects. Vacations also serve as an opportunity for people to rest. Having the freedom to create your own schedule while on vacation allows you to get the sleep that you normally desire every morning on your way to your 9 to 5. There are also scientific studies that show vacationing regularly helps to reduce heart problems and lower stress levels. These health benefits, in turn, improve your psyche, by allowing you to create unique memories and experiences with your loved ones. Let the next medication you take be a vacation.

If after reading this article you’re still questioning whether or not to take a vacation, then feel free to contact me directly at vacayyybae@gmail.com or to follow me on Instagram at @vacayyybae. I’m sure you’ll change your mind, and will decide to instead inquire about how to book your next vacation. For more travel tips, questions and for help planning your next vacation visit my site, www.vacayyybae.squarespace.com. The password for OUT40 readers is “vacayyybae”.

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