If you are like me, coming from a South-Asian culture was all about reaching for the next big goal. Taking vacations was not on the cards. However, now with more focus on mental health, this mindset is changing. I am here today to discuss why planning a vacation is an investment in your well-being.
To better understand this concept, lets start looking at the various things that run through your mind when you start thinking of a vacation as a newbie.
1. How Long Should A Vacation be?
A vacation can be as short or as long as you want it to be.
Some people enjoy a weekend or long weekend, and come out refreshed. While other people may choose to take a week or more off to explore a new city or country. While there is no one standard, everyone actually has the flexibility to adapt his or her ideal vacation length to personal circumstances.
Keep this in mind while you plan your next vacation. You can always start small with a day in the mountains or at a cabin, to get into the idea of vacationing. Once comfortable, you can then start planning longer and more adventurous vacations.
2. How Expensive Should A Vacation Be?
This is an interesting concept, as many consider vacations costly and think that only people with specific income level can go on vacations.
This is actually farthest from the truth. Vacation is not just about spending money and going somewhere. It is about planning a break from work, and exploring a new place, activity or even food.
But isn’t it expensive? Well, taking a vacation for sure costs money. Yet, it does not need to be above your budget and cause stress.
Here are some ideas to help you make that vacation more affordable:
- Start planning early! Tourism industry strives on late planners and sells the same tickets and rooms at premium prices. Look for deals at least 6-8 months in advance.
- Look for refundable deals when you plan early, so that you are ok with cancelling last minute due to changing life needs.
- Check your credit card membership programs for point’s collection and vacation purchasing. This will help you spend your points towards a specific hotel or flights, depending on how many points you have. One less expense to pay for.
- Contact travel agents with your budget and ask for quote.
- Setup automated deposits in a saving account from your Chequing account. You can talk to your financial institute for this. They can set up any amount and any frequency that works for you. The benefit of doing this is that you will have money set aside when you want to pay for that vacation.
3. Why Is Vacation Planning Hard?
I will be honest. The first time you will start planning a vacation, you will be overwhelmed by the many options and price-points available out there. Many a times you won’t know where to start!
Here are some tips that can help you:
- There are so many travel agents that are ready to plan your vacation for you. And the best thing is, that you don’t have to pay anything to them. The tourism agency pays them commission for booking you.
- Also, check out airlines and their own offered vacation packages. Some examples are Air Canada Vacations, Emirates Vacations and United Vacations. They have ready-made packages with full price available for review and choosing.
- Even big names like Costco, AMA and COOP offer vacation planning for people with no charge. They also offer various full vacation packages with different price points.
4. What Will You Do On A Vacation?
• What Will You Do On A Vacation?
I suggest sitting with yourself or your family, and writing down all the things you want to do, the food you want to eat, the special activities you want to do and even the souvenirs that you want to pick up. Once you have a clear picture in front of you, you can start making a budget for it. Also, make this activity consistent. Allow only 3 things to each person, so as to remain fair and consistent with everyone else. Once you have a list in front of you, you can shop around for deals from likes of Costco, Groupon and other discount platforms.
• Prepare Your Body For Vacation
Vacation is not supposed to be about letting go of your body up-keep. Focus on improving your body’s intake of vitamins and minerals. Take supplements like the Greeniche Immunity Support to have your body ready for the upcoming time of fun and more physical activity.
Also, pack Greeniche Stevia with you for your trip. While you may be tempted to eat without care, having a healthy alternative to sugar at hand will help you maintain your health goals.
Lastly, don’t forget to keep Greeniche PowerOn with you if you are planning full day hiking or full day activity like a theme park. This will help you keep your energy up and ensure you enjoy your vacation to the max.
5.How Is A Vacation An Investment?
Now that we have gotten the other questions out of the way, lets go back to looking at; ‘Why Planning Vacations Is An Investment in your wellbeing’.
• Vacation Planning Creates Excitement And Memories
Once you start planning a vacation, you start ‘yearning’ to be at the vacation spot. You start dreaming of reaching your vacation destination, which creates positivity in your life. In a way, you are looking forward to that break, and enjoying the process of getting there.
Research has shown that this sense of excitement creates an overall positive impact on a person’s life; contributing to relationship building and collective joy. A fine example is family vacations, where the parents make memories with their growing children and the children retain the vacation as a memory up to adult life.
• The More Time You Spend Planning And Preparing, The More You Will Enjoy
The key term in all of this is the concept of ‘Planning’. The more prepared and ready you are for the vacation, by taking into account what your family or you may need, will make the experience more enjoyable. That special meal you were thinking to have on the trip while in that city? No problem, you already planned for it and can enjoy it easily.
So, at the end of the day, consider this: the same way we plan each and every aspect of our life to find success, planning a vacation is also key in increasing the quality of our life and improving our mental health.
Indeed, planning vacations in an investment in our wellbeing.
Qurratulain Sikander, writes about mental and physical well being on her blog Quezzlifestyle. She has studied Nutrition, Psychology, Business and Marketing. However, it’s the years of trial and error, and multiple successes using her knowledge to overcome weight concerns, fertility issues, immigration, job- loss, parenting and mental health, that has fired her passion to write for Greeniche.com