I talk a lot about how travel enables people to come closer together and the tagline on our website is “Find Connection.” So I thought I’d share my own experience this week of how the vacation I am currently on helped me Find Connection.
My cousins and I met up in Key West for the week. The last time we were all in the same place was for a family wedding three years ago. The last time we actually were on vacation together was when we were children. As adults, we have never traveled together for the specific purpose of going on vacation and just hanging out.
So this was a novel, and hopefully the inaugural event of subsequent annual trips. Our excitement at seeing each other was palpable with so much we wanted to say and do. Just being in each other’s presence made the long wait and build up of the trip worth the anticipation and exceeded our expectations.
We began to connect on a level that we hadn’t done together ever before, creating new memories and solidifying bonds of family and friendship.
Could we have done this if we all met up at one of our houses? Perhaps. However, the dynamic of traveling by yourself to a location to meet up with others has a ritualistic quality to it.
As we travel to the airport and get on the plane, or begin the road trip, we start to shed the layers of responsibility and control that we have in our daily lives. The physical relocation means that we become less accessible to our loved ones and the people at work.
The trip allows us to focus on our needs and not theirs. As mothers or caretakers, this can be a difficult transition. But I do believe it is necessary to disengage from our daily lives for a short time.
We need to play and nurture our own inner child. Then we can go back to our families refreshed and restored genuinely missing their beautiful faces.
The same concept holds true with work and our coworkers. When we allow ourselves to take a break and travel somewhere for a vacation, we can give our brains and bodies a rest from the rigors of our job. We can put ourselves and our well-being first which we often neglect for the demands of others and our paycheck.
I do believe annual or semi-annual vacations are important for individuals, couples, and families. Having fun, resting, and relaxing seems to be an art that our American society wants to figure out how to do in an express or fast food way.
There isn’t a fast way to connection and rest. The body and mind need time, and you cannot rush time.