For more than 20 years, I didn’t have any choice on when I’d take a vacation. The school board granted my days when they approved the yearly calendar every February. And even though I did have some time off in summers, there were always more meetings, more planning sessions, and more work to do which made it hard to get away. I suspect it’s the same for most people.

We live at a time where, for some strange reason, people think it’s good to be a work martyr. In fact, in 2017, Americans left about 705 MILLION vacation days unused. But did you know that people who take their vacation days are actually happier and get more raises and promotions at work?* Last year Ann wrote a whole blog post about it, including all the positive effects of plannning vacations.

I love nothing more than to just watch the wake while cruising.

Looking at the wake of a cruise ship is honestly one of my favorite things to do on vacation. It’s a great way to relax and unwind.

Today is National Plan for Vacation Day. It’s a day dedicated to the idea that in order to take a vacation, and reap the benefits of it, you have to first make some plans. I wish I’d known about it years ago before I quit my job as a middle school principal, as I would definitely have put some time into vacation research.

Vacation map

Double-checking the map for where we need to go!

So what are you waiting for? We encourage you to take a few minutes this week and dream about where you’d like to go. Maybe it’s someplace far away you’ve never been, or maybe it’s a weekend getaway a little ways down the road. Just pick somewhere! Then, research your destination or contact a travel agent and make plans to get away from work this year. I think you’ll be surprised at how rested, rejuvenated, and more productive you’ll be when you return.


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(*Source: www.projecttimeoff.com)

 

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  • Sitting in our hotel room in Venice, we could look out across the busy canal toward St. Mark's cathedral. The fact that it's an island city makes it different from any other city in the world. Water taxis zoomed around, larger vaporettos chugged past, as well. Occaisionally, a cruise ship would glide past our window. Tourists from all over the world came to take in this spectacle, yet to the locals, who drive boats down tight canals with ease, this is what normal life looks like. The world is indeed a large, interesting place. Have you been to Venice? ⁣
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  • Seeing this photo takes us back to the the cooking class we took last summer on the island of Mykonos in Greece. We went to a woman's home, learned about Greek culture and history, and then prepared a meal using fresh ingredients from the garden in her back yard. Suffice it to say, it was one of the most delicious meals we'd ever had. But perhaps even better are the memories of the warm welcome we received as we entered her home and the glimpse into the lives of real people in another part of the world. ⁣
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  • Trust us on this: there is nothing that relaxes more than kicking back in a hammock in the shade on a beach in the Caribbean. Except maybe leaving that relaxing spot and getting back on a cruise ship for cocktails and a gourmet dinner. What do you do to relax on vacation? ⁣
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  • Ahhh...the Piazza del Campo in Siena! We absolutely loved our time here, sitting at a sidewalk cafe, sipping delicious Chianti Clasico wine and savoring the some of the best lasagna and pasta carbonara we'd ever had. While there, we noticed a number of people drinking some kind of orange colored drink. Our waiter explained it was a spritz of some sort. We asked if it were good. She shook her head and said that only the Americans seemed to like it. ⁣
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Making the most of midlife.