What’s so great about travel and vacations? Everyone I talk to is always talking about their next vacation – where they are going and how excited they are. Then they almost always end up asking what my next vacation is or where I’ve gone recently. When asked, my honest answer is that I have nothing lined up and don’t really like to travel. Unfortunately that sounds too negative, especially to someone that has told me all about their next trip. I try to remember that people love to travel. However, I start to wonder – Why do people love to travel?
Instead of getting into my personal feelings on travel, I try to answer in a positive way saying that I don’t have anything planned, but “I’ll probably head over to California or go up to Seattle soon to visit my relatives” just to appease all those judgmental people. However, unlike most people, I just don’t feel the need to travel. For me, I like my life at home, it’s fun, exciting and enriching, although I know others would think it is the most boring life ever. To each their own, right? Everyone has their own opinions.
The Lure of Vacation
Vacation lures people out of their normal day-to-day routines. They want to escape their normal, boring life and travel to someplace fun, exciting, and sometimes exotic. Why is their life boring now? Why do they need to travel somewhere else to find enjoyment?
Personally, I find getting a good night’s sleep in my own bed so rewarding. I hate traveling somewhere and then not being able to sleep well for the first few nights. It’s so frustrating! Then the best feeling is coming back home and sleeping in my own bed…. Wait, what? Yep, the best part about vacation is coming back home…. At least for me.
I’m sure people may read this and say I’m not taking the right vacations or staying in the wrong place, but really, not everyone loves to travel. There are people that love it and people that don’t. I’ve traveled in my past for both work and pleasure. Although I really enjoyed some of those trips, I felt like I did it more to get away from the life I was living. I was stuck in a job I didn’t like, a house that was lonely, in a relationship that needed an extra spark, and just couldn’t find anything to enjoy and make me happy in life. So traveling should do the trick, right?
Create a Life You Love
The here and now should be full of happiness and enjoyment. Find hobbies you love, do them now. Find a passion project, do it now. Find something you want to learn, learn it now. When you begin to realize how fulfilling life at home can be, you are less inclined to want to leave. I love the comfort of my own house, all of my creature comforts are there. If I want a “vacation” from my normal daily or weekly routine, I can mentally disengage and spend time doing fun stuff – like jigsaw puzzles, reading, watching Netflix or DVDs, hiking, running, working out at the gym, or creating my own project at home.
Take a Break?
I may be simple minded sometimes, but if you are truly content with your life, you don’t feel like you need to take a break from it and go on vacation and travel. I enjoy the continuous fulfillment I get from my every day routines.
Sometimes travel can be fun in small increments, but I’m naturally a homebody and get more happiness from staying home and enjoying the life I have built for myself. I enjoy having all the comforts of home around me, especially my dog. Maybe if money was no object and I could bring my dog everywhere and have an assistant to make sure I always brought everything I need anywhere I went I would travel more, but I have never really enjoyed it all that much. It has always been something that I “have” to do, not “want” to do. One day I may change my mindset, but for now, I choose to enjoy staying home. I choose to be happy where I am.