How lucky are some of us that we get to experience “vacation” from school or our busy work lives. Hearing that four million college students go to Florida each “Spring Break” got me thinking about the concept of vacation.
Definitions vary but the basic concept is the same as defined in Merriam-Webster:
a period of time that a person spends away from home, school, or business usually in order to relax or travel.
When you pause to think of it, we are quite privileged to take the time and resources to relax and possibly travel. I just returned from vacation. I took a trip to the windward islands of the Caribbean where I, with family and friends, rented a sailboat and cruised island to island. I love vacation with a purpose and fun. I love to learn, be active and engaged in what I’m doing. So a sailing trip is a good match for me! And I certainly do feel lucky to have the opportunity to do a trip.
Summer camp is often seen as vacation. Of course, being at Camp Runoia, in the beautiful Belgrade Lakes of Maine, is fun and engaging, learning and skill building. Technically it’s not about relaxing or necessarily traveling but it’s all about having a break from routine and being away from home and school. And of course, being unplugged. One could say campers get a vacation from their phones!
Whether you take vacation to relax or to learn and engage in something completely different, if you get to have a vacation, consider yourself charmed. You have the chance to take a break from your daily life to experience something outside of your routine be it school or work life.