I read a post by Dale Partridge that was titled,
“Culture tells us to spend an entire year saving for a week to escape our life. We call it vacation. Even as I’m on this incredible road trip across the Northwest with my family, something doesn’t feel right. Vacations are meant to be new, they are meant to be fun, but they are not meant to be better than your normal life. I’ve been all around the world, and I would never trade travel for what I have at home. Life isn’t about the 50 vacations you’ll take while you’re on this planet. It’s about the 25,000 days between them. Stop creating a life that you need a vacation from. Instead, move to where you want to live, do what you want to do, start what you want to start, and create the life you want today. This isn’t rehearsal people. This is YOUR life.”
He makes a few big assumptions. One, that people can do these things and not necessarily work at a job they were lucky enough to land, feed their family regularly, keep a roof over their heads and have the money and where with all to pick up and make these changes. Not everyone has that opportunity for change. They have a life, one just not structured like a vacation.
He went on to say, “Vacations… are not meant to better than normal life.” News flash. Vacations are supposed to be better in some way, why else would one travel? They are a rest from the day-to-day activities and responsibilities like I mentioned above. Vacations enrich life, not escape from it.
He took a hit from readers and I had to agree with most of them. Some said that “vacations are part of LIVING our lives.” I could not agree more. When you travel you learn, you experience, you explore, you refresh, and you rejuvenate. He did note vacations are new and fun, but… then the well, you get the picture. Vacationers get in touch with other cultures, cuisine, and get to meet people who will enrich their lives.They can learn from travels, then apply that to everyday life. When I returned from Eastern Europe last year, I started making culinary dishes like those I enjoyed abroad.
I happen to love my profession, something I worked hard to achieve, yet what I do is very challenging creatively, intellectually, and quite demanding of my time and abilities. Vacations provide a respite from daily responsibilities and are a means to energize my creativity. Seeing beautiful places is not escaping one’s life, it is experiencing life, like other commenters said far more eloquently.
It is always an adventure, and if you have been following my recent travels to Germany, adventure is an understatement.
Images in this post are from Wertheim and Heidelberg, both of which are in Baden-Württemberg, Germany, and Würzburg in Franconia and my last post on Nuremberg, we were still in the state of Bavaria.
If I could travel where ever I wanted and could afford, I definitely would, and it is no reflection on the life I created. They are just different parts of the same life. While I’ll never live in a castle or experience medieval life, being in one with an active imagination of the times certainly enriches my life. It also makes me appreciate what I have and the way I live this life today.
Do you agree with Dale Partridge? Since I am on VACATION…his words hit home for me and certainly not in the way he intended.
I wrote this post from home, but added the photos from my trip. Today, the trip to Koblenz by bus, then we are off to Amsterdam for an even longer bus ride. Oh, do I miss the boat.