Use Those Vacation Days!

“Why not? is a slogan for an interesting life.” -Mason Cooley

Most of our friends and co-workers know that we love to travel and that we always have a trip in the planning stages to talk about.  They know us so well, most conversations with them seem to start with the question, “Where are you guys going next?”  

Falling in love with Italy!

This conversation happens so often, I wonder, are they asking because they are looking for ideas,  just living vicariously through us, or is it just polite conversation?  No matter the reason behind the question, I know that most of my friends aren’t packing bags and having an adventure and that makes me a little sad. 

Worse, I recently had a friend tell me that she wanted to “grow up to be like me,” after asking me where we were going next.  I loved the sentiment but I wanted to grab her by the shoulders and tell her that she IS grown and she CAN be like me. 

My Mom once even stated that we “travel more than most.”  I guess that’s true, but again, a little sad!  We love to travel.  It’s our “thing!”  We even love to watch other people’s travel vlogs on YouTube.  I read travel blogs enough that I wanted to start one of my own.  We study and dream.  Heck, we have a bucket list and it is only dedicated to where we want to go.

A Wikipedia definition of travel that I just love states:

 “Travel is the movement of people between distant geographical locations.  Travel can be done my foot, bicycle, automobile, train, boat, bus, airplane, ship or other means, with or without luggage and can be one way or round trip.  Travel can also include relatively short stays between successive movements, as in the case of tourism. 

To us, when we think about traveling, this definition is spot on.  With or without luggage.  Travel on foot, bicycle, automobile, train, boat, bus, airplane, ship or other means.  No matter where, no matter how, let’s just go!

Golden Hour in Venice

Start now! 

If you want to travel, start now!  You don’t have to go on an expensive, weeklong trip.  Start with what you can afford.  Try a weekend road trip, buy a tent and try camping, visit friends or family that live in another city and let them show you around, or rent a beach house.  Look for experiences where you live.  The options are endless.

If you want to step out and get serious, consider opening a savings account and put a little in it each month.  

If you have the time and you are ready to use those savings,  call a Travel Agent that you trust or that a friend might recommend and plan the trip of a life time!  Go to Alaska, go on a cruise, visit a National Park, GO. TO. ITALY! 

Just GO!  Use those vacation days.  Enjoy your life!  Make memories!  You won’t be sorry!