Taking Vacations: It’s Time to Get Away

I grew up in a family that did not take many vacations. We were a family of five living on very limited means, so vacations simply weren’t in the cards for us most of the time. When we could get away, our trips were mostly camping trips within an hour of our home. Now, I love toasting marshmallows and telling scary stories around a campfire. Come to think of it, that might be where my obsession with horror and all things Halloween stemmed from. Still, there is more to vacationing than just camping.

Just One Vacation a Year

As I got older with a career of my own, taking a vacation became the ultimate goal. I thought that if I took one vacation a year then I was truly splurging. So, for years that is what I did. I took one vacation per year for one week. Now those were some great vacations! I went to Punta Cana, Ireland, Mexico, San Francisco, and more! I loved all these vacations and enjoyed both the adventure and the relaxation that the destinations offered. 

Now that I’ve been cooped up in my home for over two years because of the worldwide pandemic, I’ve been starting to wonder why I ever limited myself to just one vacation a year! After all, I’ve been working in positions that offered me at least two weeks of vacation per year, but I would only ever take a week!

Lately, I’ve been telling my husband that I want to take a vacation and he replied “We just took a vacation in November. Maybe we’ll go on another vacation in a year or two.” I reminded him: “Yes, that was our honeymoon. We should be able to go on more vacations than just our honeymoon in our lifetime!” 

Mini Vacations

After talking about it, my husband and I realized that neither of us grew up in homes that prioritized vacations, so going on one vacation a year feels lavish to us. One vacation a year, however, does not really allow us to take breaks and recharge in ways that we’d like to. So, we’ve resolved to take more vacations, even if that means taking mini vacations throughout the year, such as long weekend getaways. We’ve already started planning some smaller trips and I am very excited for our future adventures! 

About Stephanie Woodward: Stephanie is a brand ambassador advisor for Quantum Rehab® and works as a disability rights activist. She has received many awards for helping communities become more accessible, as well as for her actions in fighting for the rights of disabled individuals as it relates to Medicaid and other support services. Click here to learn more about Stephanie.


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