Written by Margo Field
I’m very lucky – I’ve just had a three week holiday – and it has been a very good rest from my usual routine. I’ve learnt to appreciate (again), that ‘down time’ is an integral part of ‘up time’. Holidays for me mean I’m in charge of my own time. I love that!
I’ve been stimulated to consider what makes a holiday a really great holiday. What is a good outcome? Certainly getting out of routine is a large part of it for me – but what about you ? And is there more to it than that? Are their some x factors or a formula? .
Here are some questions to get you thinking:
My answers are now more refined than ever – I love being in nature – wild and free – this is where I lose track of time and feel most like myself – it answers all the questions, including losing wifi – however I do like some simple creature comforts like good coffee, quality food and a comfortable bed (this might be a swag though).
I love different cultures. They make me re examine how I live my life. I also enjoy a bit of history. I also love meeting random people when I travel – in restaurants, on transport or even in queues. They allow me to see myself in a different light.
I don’t like big crowds of people (unless its a cultural event eg a concert) so I’m now fairly clear that the big blockbuster cities of the world are best dived into and out for specifics eg lively and tasty food markets, an amazing art gallery, historic buildings. Big cities also often have incredible parks and gardens and these can be a great balancer for me also (back to nature again).
Very importantly a holiday gives me permission to sleep in, do nothing much and say no.
Tips for planning
And after you return from a holiday? How have I reaped its rewards?
*Ref Stuart Brown’s definition of play.