Vacation – what does it mean to you?

Vacation – what does it mean to you?

I have had mini-vacations in the quiet of my home as well

By Kim Pendergast

So, when is the last time you had a vacation? Did you have a long one, or a short one? Did it go way too fast for you?

Why is it we want so much to do something different from our everyday jobs and lives? Is it because we are discontented or just simply because we all crave a change? Even for a little while! Nothing is wrong with that, okay?

We all need to have different interests to keep our minds and hearts happy.

I have personally started, in the last few years, to live with mini-vacations. They don’t always involve much travel.

I will sometimes go for a drive and act like a tourist.

Stop and take nice photos or just enjoy the peace and quiet of nature. Eating some takeout or having a picnic along the way is always fun as well!

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I have had mini-vacations in the quiet of my home as well.

I know, I bet you think I am crazy, right? Well, it can happen.

I get a chair with a cozy blanket or drink and turn all the lights up really, really extra bright and turn my computer on to some waves crashing on a beach and I am almost there.

I curl up and read for a little while and relax. It can totally be as simple as that. Honestly! I am not saying that we can turn off our worries or cares, but we can take just a small moment to put them on the back burner and enjoy.

It seems like a simple solution to take a break from things and it sounds a bit crazy, but it seriously works.

Well, it does for me. You should try it.

Maybe you would prefer rain sounds or something, but usually nature seems to have the most calming effect I find. A vacation is just a mouse click away.

Of course, there are real vacations to book through a travel agent and have your worries melt away in the sand for a few days or weeks.

Those are naturally even better. However, if money and time is tight as well as life getting in the way, then take a moment for yourself and walk, drive, take photos, and/or just listen and read.

Your life only comes along once and if you want to take that moment of change from the everyday you can have your very own mini-vacation today! You can even have one tomorrow.

Have fun and enjoy it. Bon Voyage!



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Right: Intrepid explorer Kim Pendergast holds her sturdy walking stick as she explores the Horseshoe in Wells Gray Park during the summer of 2014. Look for a full report on her hike in a future issue of the Times.                                Photo submitted

Right: Intrepid explorer Kim Pendergast holds her sturdy walking stick as she explores the Horseshoe in Wells Gray Park during the summer of 2014. Look for a full report on her hike in a future issue of the Times. Photo submitted