Short Trips v.s. Long Vacations This Summer
A few weeks back I took a trip down to Washington State to stay in a cabin on Whidbey Island. It was a remote, rustic getaway, the type of vacation I require at least once every year to decompress and get my head straight.
One morning I went for a walk. The air was crisp as I listened to the waves of the ocean smacking against the sand of the beach. And there it was: a tiny gorgeous cabin with an enormous deck complete with a pile of natural wood just begging to be chopped.
I immediately wanted that place to be mine. Imagine having a specific spot to which you could escape without anything resembling a decision-making process. No more guesswork, no more mysteries…
Wait, no more adventure. I’d have to stay in the same vacation house every time I travel for the rest of my life.
Alright, that’s not for me, one weekend is enough. I want to meet more people, see new places, experience new cultures. There’s so much I haven’t explored right here in the Pacific Northwest.
In short, I’m not ready to commit to a long-term relationship with you, tiny vacation home. I mean, your deck is nice, but it’s just not going to work out.
Really, it’s not you, it’s me. Besides, I despise packing, stuffing a bag for a vacation longer than a few days stresses me out.
Other than packing, here are three more reasons to take off on a bunch of small trips this summer instead of one long vacation.
1. More to See, More to Do
Wanderlust is a very real condition. I fall in love with each interesting new place I see, but I constantly have to remind myself that I have a short attention span. I need constant stimulation, and that means visiting new places. I want to see it all (without spending it all), so committing to short trips to as many places as one can reasonably cram into a summer is much more appealing than one expensive trip to one spot.
2. Learn More About Yourself
Why do you love travelling? For most of us it’s a chance to escape our day to day lives. The best thing is that travelling to new places (even if it’s one town or one province over) lets us peek into the day to day lives of others. This is especially true if we travel alone. We live in a wonderfully diverse multicultural corner of the continent with enough secret places to satisfy even the most distracted among us. Seeing how people in other places live gives can offer us tips for how we choose to live.
3. Bring Your Travels Home
If we’re learning more about ourselves as we’re travelling, what better place to share that knowledge than back at home? Every pilot or aviation employee I talk to says the same thing about their favourite destinations: the people were wonderful. Is that not a trait we can take home and use as constant motivation for our own lives? A little from City A, a little from City B - interacting with friendly, helpful people will encourage us to be a little more friendly and helpful when we get back home.
When I was young, I remember my grandma showing me her international spoon collection. Every time I visited she would tell me the story of a new spoon. I was probably too young to appreciate all the places she’d been, but I know now how appreciative she was.
I want that appreciation. I want to see the people and places of the world, even if they’re right in my backyard.
I’m starting my spoon collection this summer. Are you?