Having fun with photography, Edgerton Explorit Center, Aurora, Nebraska, August 20, 2017

Having fun with photography, Edgerton Explorit Center, Aurora, Nebraska, August 20, 2017
Having fun with photography, Edgerton Explorit Center, Aurora, Nebraska, August 20, 2017

Friday, April 25, 2014

Vacations - Fri., Apr. 25

What does vacation mean to you? 
  • Is it a time to be off work, stay home, relax, hang out and do things locally (referred to by some as a "staycation")?
  • Does it mean packing up the vehicle, making various and sundry plans (camping, hiking, museums, beach days, whatever), and spending every waking minute traveling or doing something? (In our family we refer to this as a "trip.")
  • Or, do you want others to do the planning, e.g., cruises or guided tours? 
  • How about volunteering with Peace Corps, Habitat for Humanity, Red Cross, or other humanitarian organizations?
  • Maybe you like to do all of the above at different times.
  • And what is vacation to a full-time RVer? Is their whole life a vacation?
Mt. Washburn Volksmarch in Yellowstone National Park.
We are full-time RVers, but due to our circumstances we cannot retire yet and just vacation. We work and "take vacations" in our 5th wheel, even though we live in it full time. One nice thing about our vacations is we take our home with us: cats, belongings, vehicle, food, all our clothes, etc. What's nice is we don't have to think about what to pack. Not only that, but we have a house at the mountains, a house at the beach, a house by a waterfall, a house in a national park. Wherever we park is home.

Jenny Lake on Cascade Canyon Volksmarch,
Grand Tetons National Park
If we do fly or drive only our car to our destination, we have to pack and find a pet-sitter just like we did when we lived in a sticks 'n' bricks house. It's a different kind of vacation because our home isn't with us. We're free of those responsibilities for a short time.

Opossum eating a peach near Bowral, Australia.
In a more intimate sense, vacation means travel to me. I'm never happier than when I'm exploring new places and seeing what an area has to offer.

What makes a difference in destination choices? Weather, exotic animals, Volksmarching, walking and hiking opportunities, interesting sites such as museums, national parks, wildlife refuges, estates (Biltmore, Hearst Castle), gardens, caves, waterfalls, and zoos, cultural choices like comedy clubs, theater, ethnic restaurants, the people, and the surroundings.

Wentworth Falls area, Blue Mountains, Australia
Here's my favorite quote:
"Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we will find it not."  ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

In the end, it's all about your attitude and the way you experience the world.

Welcome to new follower Barbara of Me and My Dog ... and My RV. I've been following along with Barbara's (and Katie's) adventure and travel blog for quite some time. Thanks for coming along with us on our travels.

Travel Bug out.

3 comments:

  1. I do feel like my whole life is a vacation now. David's illness has changed how we have had to do fulltiming and the drive he now feels to see as much as he can. Still I try to keep it as relaxed and 'real life' as I can. You were so wise to start out early.

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  2. We do like to "vacation" in our motorhome too. We have been fulltiming for four years now and it seems like one very cool extended vacation. We do work or volunteer from time to time but enjoy these extended stays very much. One of my favorite quotes is also by Ralph Waldo Emerson "life is a journey, not a destination".

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  3. I'm not a point in my life where RVing is a possibility (and not sure hubby would go for it) but it sounds like it could be fun.

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