How to make travel vacations a success?

A woman traveling.

Many like to call vacations “the best days of the year.”

Workaholics, on the other hand, may consider today’s “vacant days” to be vacant indeed, devoid of meaningful activity.

But this would be an extreme view.

A balanced viewpoint accepts the wisdom of periodically getting away from the normal routine, doing something different, and relaxing.

The positive aspects of vacations were confirmed in a survey of business executives, 78 out of every 100 of whom said vacations are “absolutely necessary to prevent executive burn-out.”

Fully three fourths felt vacations improved job performance, and over two thirds said vacations improved creativity.

More colorfully, 64 percent of the women and 41 percent of the men agreed with the statement: “I would go bananas without a regular vacation.”

The best way to use a vacation is to travel.

How can you make your travel vacation a success?

Making travel vacations a success

Tourist taking pictures.
Seventeenth-century English physician and writer Thomas Fuller wrote: “He that travels much knows much.”

Travel allows us to get acquainted with people from other places, to learn about their customs and their way of life.

Traveling in countries that have living standards lower than our own can teach us to be grateful for what we have and can awaken in us feelings of empathy for people less fortunate than ourselves.

If we let it, travel can correct misconceptions and allay prejudices.

It provides an opportunity to learn firsthand at least a little bit of a new language, to try out dishes that may delight our palate, or to enhance our family photograph album, slide collection, or video library with examples of the beauties of nature.

Of course, to benefit the most, we must do more than just travel.

The tourist who travels halfway around the world only to hole up in a hotel among fellow tourists—many of them his own countrymen—to swim at the hotel’s private pool or beach, and to eat the same food he has at home will learn little.

What a pity!

According to reports, a majority of travelers apparently fail to take a serious interest in the countries that they visit or in the people there.

Proper Preparation Samuel Johnson, an 18th-century English essayist and poet, said that a man who travels “must carry knowledge with him, if he would bring home knowledge.”

So if you have occasion to travel, prepare for your trip.

Read about your destination before you go.

Plan what you want to see, and decide what you want to do.

Then prepare accordingly.

For example, if you want to stroll on the beach or hike in the mountains, take along proper shoes and clothing.

Do not try to cram too much into your schedule and thus carry over the stress of everyday life into your vacation.

Leave plenty of unplanned time for doing unexpected things.

One of the real benefits of being on vacation is having time to think and meditate without the pressure of a tight schedule, feeling liberated from the stress and restrictions of living by the clock.

A very rewarding vacation may even include hard work.

Doing something different is generally the key to a good vacation.

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