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Reasons Why I Love to Travel

The Excitement

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There are many reasons why I love to travel.  I love the excitement of the journeys and the destinations.  Arriving at a new location, in a new land, with a new language, using a new currency and eating different foods all combine to make traveling exciting.  There is never a dull moment for me.  Being able to absorb the experience and being free to decide what, where, when, why and how in each destination is always an exciting challenge.

The Adrenaline

Along with the excitement comes the kick of endorphins giving me an extra boost of energy as I make my way on my journeys.  Every day is a new experience.  Often plans change and new detours develop.  Being flexible allows for new and unique opportunities that make for lifetime memories.  Some may consider traveling full of challenges.  Yet, for me, any challenges are just chances to face head-on and conquer over and over again. 

The Learning

Traveling provides for a never-ending education.  There is so much to learn.  Visiting new places opens my mind and expands my horizons in a way that is not matched in any other manner.  I meet new and different people, living in new and different cultures.  I create new experiences not found in my normal daily routine when at home.  I see how the rest of the world lives, what is different and what is the same from my experiences.  I don’t complain about the differences.  I relish in the differences and try to understand and learn from them.  Being present offers a much deeper understanding than I could ever get from books, movies, television or even the internet.  The personal experience of it all sinks deep in my heart.  And I am forever changed.  When I return I pay more attention to news and information about the places I have been. 

The Details

I love the challenges of landing in a new place and figuring out all the details.  Details such as a new money system and a new language when traveling internationally offer plenty of challenges all by themselves.  Additionally, there are transportation issues to figure out immediately.  And any plans made before arrival often change many times once I arrive and begin experiencing the local scene.  That’s another one of the reasons why I love to travel and why I always leave plenty of open time when making any plans ahead of my arrival. 

The Simplicity

The only tasks at hand are those of deciding where to go or what to do and then how to accomplish it.  The other tasks are fairly simple—getting some local cash from an ATM machine (my Wells Fargo debit card handles the exchange rate automatically), learning a few basic words in the new language, figuring out transportation and getting local input on where to eat.  Since I am traveling with only one suitcase, wardrobe decisions are simple.  There are not a lot of outfits to decide upon.  And, if I need additional clothes or any other supplies for any reason, I can always buy them locally if I find myself in a bind (unless I am in a remote location at which point nothing makes up for poor planning).  I love living the simple life and leaving all the other decisions behind for the duration of my trip.

The New People

Traveling opens the door wide to meeting new people.  I meet more people and make new friends faster when traveling than most any other time.  No matter where I go I find that the people are friendly and generous.  Sure, there are precautions to take and dangers to avoid, and as long as I am wise, I have had the most wonderful people experiences in my lifetime.  Maybe one of the reasons I find people to be so wonderful is that I don’t know them long enough to discover their flaws.  So I smile and engage with the locals and love it

These are some of the reasons why I love to travel.  What are your favorite things about traveling?

Tips on How to Relax on Your Vacation

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Time to relax on your vacation and enjoy your travels and your time off from your normal daily activities.   Do you find yourself having a difficult time trying to unwind?  Don’t worry.  It is a common problem in today’s busy world.  This article will provide some great tips for you.

After all, the goal of a good vacation is to be able to unwind, relax, take time for yourself and recharge your internal batteries leaving you refreshed and rejuvenated.  These tips are recommended by a good friend of mine who is in the relaxation business.  He owns a massage spa and helps other people relax.  When he needs relaxation and plans his travel, these are the tips he suggests. 

Go All-Inclusive

The last surprise you want to deal with on a getaway vacation is a massive unplanned huge hotel and food bill.  One way to avoid any large money surprises it to just book an all-inclusive package.  That way you know upfront what the costs are and can relax as you unwind and not worry about any money surprises.  You can forget surprise room charges, extra bar bills, additional fees for activities, extra taxes and tips.  It really is a no-brainer to avoid money surprises. 

Good all-inclusive packages will take care of all your needs and desires during your stay.  Everything you might want during your vacation is part of the package and is already paid for.  What better way is there to unwind and enjoy all that your resort has to offer without worrying about any extra fees adding up for a surprise at the end.  This really is one great way to relax on your vacation.

Leave it all behind

Are you really going to get away?  Vacation time should be the time when you can set all your business cares aside to enjoy some personal time.  So spend the extra time planning ahead, arranging your schedule and your commitments, and notifying all involved that you will be “out.”  Then, when you depart, use your phone and computer only for vacation purposes.  Just ignore those work emails, texts, and calls. Take pictures to document your travels, use Google to find good food, search for local attractions and discover event schedules.  No one likes a romantic dinner interrupted by calls for emails from your boss or co-workers. 

Work can certainly be the one thing that can be a big roadblock to enjoying a relaxing vacation.  It’s work.  Don’t let it happen.  Set the appropriate boundaries ahead of time. 

It’s all about location

Another way to avoid such interruptions is to plan a trip to a location that is off the grid—somewhere with no internet and no cell phone service.  After a few days in such a location, the concerns of the outside world begin to melt away and relaxation sets in.  This tip has done wonders for me over the years. 

Your destination choice matters.  There are places where it takes no effort at all to relax.  For some, it may be a lonely beach in the clear water islands of the Caribbean.  For others, it may be an isolated cabin in the forest with a clear creek running close nearby.  Maybe for you, it is a condo on the mountainside with ski-in, ski-out access in the middle of the winter. 

Whatever it is for you, traveling to the location that makes it easy to relax is a big step in helping make your vacation a time you will enjoy.  Take time to think about your choices before you book. 

Sleep well

So you want to relax and unwind?  Make sure to make time for a good night’s rest.  After all, you are going on vacation to have a good time and be refreshed and rejuvenated.  So when you stay up enjoying the nightlife, you can sleep in to recover.  Part of relaxing and unwinding is to get plenty of rest.  So be sure to relax on your vacation by taking all the time needed to get plenty of rest. 

Follow these few tips and you will return from your travels rejuvenated and ready to take on your regular life activities with renewed vigor.