When was the last time you took a vacation? Why wait!
I recently left town for a few days and was surprised by how re-energized I was when I returned home. Turns out I needed a vacation more than I realized. I now plan to get more trips on the calendar and I encourage you to do the same.
Here are a handful of reasons to pack a bag and jump town for a few days (or more).
Challenge Your Comfort Zone
I love my work. I am thankful I’m in a field I enjoy but, too often, I use this as an excuse to put my vacation plans on hold. Then I remember, if I want to learn to ski, hike a new-to-me trail, or sleep outside under the starry sky, I should go whenever I can. None of us are getting any younger and getting out in nature refills my creative well.
Spend Time with Family
Traveling solo has appeal—you can keep your own schedule and choose your own interests—but vacationing with kids in tow can open new vacation possibilities. It’s an opportunity to introduce your little ones to destinations you loved when you were small, or take advantage of family-friendly resorts you never knew existed pre-parenthood.
Learn Something New
Is there a city you’ve always wanted to see? Or a music festival you’ve dreamed of attending? A trip is a great way to learn something new, from sipping wines in Bordeaux to attending a craft fair closer to home.
Relax and Rejuvenate
Ok, it’s true, vacations don’t have to be about learning new things, sometimes the best vacations are about letting things go. Sound good? If so, start planning for a cruise, disconnect and spend a week on a beach, or explore the depths of the ocean and scuba dive. Focus on your own personal enjoyment.
New adventures keep your mind fresh and your body active. As you move throughout your life, allow yourself to dive into whatever interests you. Experience the world through art, architecture, food, or stunning views. Choose your passion and roll with it.
So, make a plan…and travel while you can!
Mali Anderson is a Chicago-based content creator. She creates blog posts, web copy, original photography, and feature articles.