There are a few times in your life when you can just pack your bag and go. Live, truly live and feel free while enjoying all that life has to offer.
You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.
Have you ever thrown stuff in a bag last minute and decided right then and there that you’re going on a trip? A much needed vacation? It sounds amazing to me. I’ve never done it, but it’s on my bucket list. I have however, enjoyed many vacations.
Do you remember the feeling as a kid of being told you’re going on vacation? Complete and total exhilaration! I still get super excited, although a bit more stressed by the actual planning process. Especially when I don’t know the area I’m traveling to. As a family, we’ve now been to Hawaii so many times that I know exactly where I like to stay, shop, eat, and exercise. (That’s another post, lol)
Vacations. A quick get away. An overnight stay. A staycation. Whatever it may be, it’s such an important thing to do. Here are 5 simple steps to prep for a great getaway:
- Meal prep for healthy snacks and water (if not flying) to keep your energy up. No one wants to be around those of us that get hangry esp. when traveling. Think light snacks every 2-3 hours.
- If flying, download the app: Hopper. On this app, you enter your desired place of travel with dates and number of people traveling, and time of day you’d like to travel. This app notifies you of the best rates and the best time to purchase. By using this app, I saved $150 pp traveling to the East Coast.
- Check the forecast before you go and plan your outfits. Pack light. More room for new purchases. (see my jeans 5 different ways here)
- Create your bucket list for that destination but don’t stress about seeing/experiencing everything.
- Leave your mental baggage at home so you can live in the moment.
Things to Remember while on vacation:
Live in the moment while on vacation! Our chores are left at home and so is the pressure of daily life. When we get away, we can relax, refresh, leave responsibilities at home and find our rhythm once again.
Vacations are great for mental health and clarity. Find your happy place.
Time away makes you more efficient in your daily tasks upon your return, including work.
It brings happiness and lowers your stress level which strengthens your health.
When you’re raising middle schoolers and high schoolers, it’s much harder to get away on a whim. Some of my fondest family memories are when we were on vacation. When my kids were younger, we would travel whenever we felt the necessity. Now, it takes a bit more planning. Kids need time away from every day stress as well. Academic pressure is a tough one.
When you’re young, care free and have little responsibility…it’s seems easier to just pack your bag and go. Wherever you are in life…take care of you and enjoy the life you’re in. There are so many amazing places to explore. Where’s your bag taking you?