There is a certain snobbery associated with using vacation as an action so I’ll refrain from doing so. However, there really is such a difference between traveling and vacationing, going on a trip and going on a vacation, if you ask me.
Traveling demands discomfort but passes on huge reward. It takes you to a foreign (to you) place and encourages total cultural immersion. Each day is a true physical and emotional adventure…the chance to see first hand the true beauty of real life in the rest of the world. But travel, like I said, is not only sometimes but all the time a little uncomfortable. The more adventurous you get, the more things can go wrong, and there is an undeniable stress of it all (part of what deters people in the first place!). Nevertheless, saying it’s a part of my life is an understatement…in fact, it is, at times, what keeps me going…the sheer promise of all the things left to be seen.
Vacationing, now, is a different luxury all together. What it lacks in experience it makes up for allowing you to finally take a deep, full breath. The travel time is minimal and the stress (after you arrive) is distant. Ambition is reserved for the number of apres ski spots you can hit in a few days and vertical feet achieved… the number of books you devour or hours in the sea.
They’re different. For quite a while, now, I’ve shunned vacations due to that “I’m waiting time I could be spending in another country” attitude and realizing I’m succumbing to what it is I want to escape…rushing. Instead I want balance, relaxation and exposure…a little bit of this and that…and to encourage those who haven’t pushed out of their comfort zone and traveled to try it at least once in their life…and for those who avoid a vacation (like myself) to slow. down.
In just one week we head out for our ski vacation and I am just so grateful and excited for it. I’m going through the routine that I’ve tried to perfect over the years…
- Reserve transportation, hotel, rentals
- purchase lift tickets and lesson
- print out confirmations of all the above
- do inventory of necessary clothing and accessories and supplement (as cheaply as possible!), allowing ample time for delivery
- request books from the library (making sure they’re not due while you’re away!)
- make a Google map of all the restaurants/cafes you want to visit and include hours and apres ski deals in the ‘notes’
- Make a rough (I mean really rough) itinerary
- make a list a purchase snacks (and map out local supermarkets) <– still need to do
The list goes on but these are the basics and things I find are best do do as far ahead as possible. Late next week I’ll begin packing and taking care of all the last minute items. And I can’t stress enough how wonderful it is to use a Google map to organize our options for meals and snacks in addition to their specials so I’m not glued to my phone at meal time.
Oh, and we’ve committed to no computer.
Less of everything I want to leave behind and more of everything I’m craving.