Is vacation meant to be a welcome break from your monotonous daily grind or is it meant to be an action-packed adventure that makes you long for the return to your comfortable daily routine?
I had this thought while on vacation this week where we briefly stopped in Nashville for a night but then spent the rest of the week in Tallahassee, FL. Aside from the Florida State University campus, Tallahassee doesn’t have much worth seeing but the trip was still fun. I didn’t have this thought because my trip was awful by any means, but it popped into my head as I noticed that each day had a plan or set of goals to accomplish. Let me inform you, the purpose behind the trip to Tallahassee wasn’t necessarily vacation as we came down for a college graduation, so the purpose wasn’t to spend all the time in leisure being fanned under the sun and fed grapes but, to many, a trip to Florida, for any reason, sounds like it’d be just that.
While in Tallahassee, we saw FSU’s campus, walked around, bought some FSU items, and enjoyed the Florida sun. I’d say we had a great time. We got to see the college campus on a nice tour, we experienced the FSU nightlife, and even got to have an awesome graduation party.
One thing I begin to long for was my routine. I realized that while I do enjoy experiencing new things, I also enjoy waking up with my morning coffee, doing a bit of writing, watching a YouTube video or two or ten, and going to workout. I’ve come to crave this routine even when on vacation and we’ve had vacations where I was able to do just that and they were the most memorable. If you go on vacation but are able to sustain the aspects of your routine you enjoy, it makes everything all the better because you’re able to get some of the consistency you strive for at home while being able to branch out and explore for the rest of your day. I like doing new things after I’ve completed all the things I feel I must do every day. That way, at the very least, I’ve accomplished the key things that allow me to have a successful day.