Holiday or Vacation Day while Travelling
Travelling around the world is a pretty stressful and exhausting adventure that can keep you occupied around the clock. So from the very beginning of my journey the amazing concept of a day long vacation within the trip, a so-called Travel Daycation, became a stable part of my travels.
The last few weeks leading up to my trip had been so extremely stressful, that on my very first day away from home, I already felt I needed a Daycation at the beach in San Juan. This one day of relaxation in the sun changed my entire outlook on the world. What had been frustration and doubt up to that day changed into excitement and perspective. So even if it sounds a bit strange to plan a vacation day or a holiday into a trip, after this day at the beach I realized how important it was to factor in such relaxation time.
The funny thing was that friends and family who had never travelled long-term before did not understand this concept at all. Some of my friends actually kept saying that my world trip was a year-long vacation. Obviously it was nothing like it. A vacation is usually a short time away from work that is actually paid for, which means that you are a tourist with a lot of money, but little time. When you are traveling, on the other hand, you have very little money, but a lot of time. So make sure to allow for some of that time to be spent in the sun on a beach.
Of course the beach is not imperative for a Travel Daycation, but it is certainly the perfect stage for it. A Travel Daycation could also be a day spent reading your book on the rooftop of your hostel, writing your journal in a local café, spending the day in the hammock in the courtyard of your guesthouse, having a pick-nick in a public park, or relaxing with hostel mates by a lake. It is really up to you.
The same is true for the Travel Sunday. If you allot some time for these days in your schedule, I am sure you will be a much happier camper or rather traveller. But no matter how much time you spend at the beach, never let anyone call your world trip a vacation or a holiday… : )
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