1. NO ALARM CLOCK
Is there anything worse than setting your alarm clock and having your phone remind you that it's only 6 hours until you need to be awake? When you're on vacation you can turn the phone off, unplug the alarms and sleep to your heart's content.
2. GET A TAN
The winter is finally over (remember that one day it was 50 degrees? Rough winter.) and that means getting back out in the sun! When else can you smell like a coconut 24/7 and get away with it? Just remember to use caution, as the sun can be very dehydrating and sun burns are no fun!
3. EAT LIKE A KINGPound of shrimp? Go for it. Block of cheese? Sure, why not! When you're on vacation, leave that diet where it belongs, at home with your low-fat crackers. There's nothing more satisfying on a vacation than getting to eat the way you want. No cardboard for breakfast and bunny food for lunch. Have dessert for every meal!
4. GUILTY PLEASURES
We all have it, whether we admit it or not. There's that one show you watch just to escape from it all. Sometimes we just don't have the time to watch TV, but on a vacation, it's okay to kick back with a bowl of popcorn and lose yourself in fantasy.
5. DO SOMETHING NEW
If you're on vacation somewhere you've never been, there's going to be an opportunity to try something new. Whether it's an adventure, or a new food or getting to know someone, the world is your oyster. Trying something new can make you feel free and full of life!
6. DO NOTHING AT ALL
We usually look forward to the weekend all week. We think of it as a time of relaxation, when we can recharge for the week ahead. What really happens is we run errands, clean, visit with family, go shopping, prepare dinners, run around, and when we finally sit down, it's Sunday night. A vacation is your excuse to do nothing.
If you're like most Americans, you are constantly connected. Whether it's through your phone, computer, tablet or desktop. However you stay plugged in, it can sometimes be a stressful experience. You are always on call, always reachable, always available. Sometimes, it's nice to set the phone down and go have fun without worrying about emails.
8. TAKE A NAP
Is it bad that something sleeping related is on here twice? We'll go with no. Have you ever wanted to just take a nap in the middle of the day? Well, on a vacation you can sleep whenever you want. Day naps are probably some of the best naps in the world. If you don't know that, you need to take one.
9. REMEMBER THE LITTLE THINGS
When we're always rushing around, it's hard to remember the little things. You forget to look at the sunset, a laughing baby or birds flying overhead. You forget to smile at others, to see the beauty in our world and to pause for a moment. On a vacation, you can take a second to appreciate just how valuable life really is.
Once your vacation is over, you should feel refreshed and recharged. Don't worry about itineraries and having fun, just go with the flow. Let yourself be free of stress and worry. Have a good time, but don't like the time have you.
Why do you go on vacation? What's the best vacation you've ever been on?