2. Do something new
We are sooo used to comfort that it's become difficult to try new things and go new places. On this trip I rented a car and it would've been just too easy to drive everywhere. Turns out parking was nearly impossible in the central city so it gave me incentive to find different ways around town. Most of the time I tried walking or bus/trolly just to get to know the town and the people. How would I have been able to do that if I was enclosed in my personal bubble all the time? Because of this I found amazing niche locations, awesome memorabilia and the company of cool new people that made the car more of a burden than a comfort. Try something new sometime!
3. Do something old in a new place
One of my favorite things to do is sing karoake (for those that don't know). It feeds my creativity, it's an emotional outlet and is a hell of a lot of fun! So on this trip I surprised my good friend with a fun time singing in a new city! Wow now that is something that gives you perspective. Not only did the place look different in a great way, but the ambiance introduced us to unique people, different music, and a very cool vibe we may not have known. It might now be something I do in every city across the world! Who wants to pick up refrigerator magnets when you can pick up amazing memories.
4. Keep it fun... you get to, you don't have to
So many times we go overboard with food, drinking, and outdoor activities that by the time we come back we need another vacation (see #1). So yes absolutely have fun, try something new, or something old, and go out and get crazy sometimes but keep it fun. If you know you are going to regret that last piece of steak... don't do it. If you know that last margarita will send you over the edge... don't do it. If you know your body will pull up a white flag if you go to one more tourist site... don't do it. (Your body will thank you later!) It won't be the last time you do any of these things and plus you get to eat, drink and be merry, you don't have to do a thing!
5. Vacation doesn't mean vacate your life
How often do we see people try to vacate their lives when they leave on a vacation? Then when they return it's a big downer to be back. Trust me I've been there done that.
Unplugging doesn't mean forgetting you have a life and responsibilities somewhere else. In fact, when you have less or even no responsibilities on vacation it FINALLY gives you the room to breath and see how you can add even more breathable moments to your day to day life.
By taking some time to think about your life without having to be pushed to change anything it gives you that space you need with no pressure or stress. So don't completely vacate, give yourself an opportunity to plan more vacation moments throughout your day because now you know how much fun vacation SHOULD be. Any other way is a hella stressful way to live. (Just ask people from California)
But if you still find yourself down and out about your life, there could be other things going on. You should work to live, not live to work. And actually if work really isn't work at all that's even better! If that doesn't resonate with your lifestyle at the moment... we gotta talk! (Call me) :)
As they say in Cali, 'totally stoked' to be back!
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