May, June, and July were and are busy travel months for me.
This isn't a bad thing, in fact, I feel pretty damned lucky to be included in fabulous bachelorette trips, and had the opportunity to escape to my favorite destination: St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada (recently named top place to visit in Canada by USA Today!) I'm still missing the beautiful scenery, but I loved the time spent with my mama (and the short time with my dad), and seeing my aunties, uncle, and cousins.
As most of you know, I love to travel. There's something exhilerating about experiencing new places and cultures. But let's be honest, it can also be stressful and exhausting. Airports are crowded, people can be rude, and days exploring can be tough on the feet and the wallet.
So how do we make sure we have the best vacation ever and also take care of ourselves? Here's some tips!
1. Treat Yo Self
See all that you want to at your chosen destination, but choose a day to relax and take care of yourself. Whether that be taking a spa day, lying in a hammock, reading a book, or enjoying a long lunch with multiple bottles of wine.
2. Go At Your Own Pace
Exercise is important, but it's also the devil, errr... I mean, not always the easiest thing to do on vacation. Allow yourself to do as little or as much as you want. Find different ways to exercise than your normal trip to the gym. When I was in Canada, we climbed up to the top of a historical "mountain" (it's a large hill). The scenery was gorgeous, and it was almost 3 miles round trip. Let's ignore the fact that immediately after we finished the climb, we shoveled in some beer and fish and chips.
3. Moderation is Key
I might have let it slip that I ate some fish and chips. Pretty impossible to find gluten free fish and chips, so I indulged. I spent two weeks on the ocean, it was inevitable! Life is short, don't deny yourself the things you love. I LOVE seafood, and St. Andrews has some of the best fish and chips. But know your limits. Gluten is not my friend. I know this, but to me, ensuing discomfort was worth it. This also goes along with indulging in unhealthy snacks. You're on vacay! Have a slice of that homemade pie made with local berries. Hell, have two. Just stop when you've had enough.
4. Listen to Your Body
Sometimes when I'm on vacation, I feel the need to go balls to the wall. We spend so much time researching and making sure every minute of our vacation is perfect. We swipe those credit cards a lot. So it's normal to want to see everything you can. But listen to your body and your mind. Are you to the point of exhaustion that you're not even seeing whats in front of you. Are you cranky? Anxious? It's OKAY to rest on vacation. It's okay to say, "let's skip that and do ___ instead." Last year, when Jimmy and I were in Paris, we were both beyond exhausted after a day of exploring Versailles. But we felt like we had to go out. We had to keep going. Luckily, we finally looked at one another and acknowledged how tired we were. There was a market across the street from our hotel, so instead of dressing up and going out for dinner, we bought a bottle of wine, some yummy food and had a picnic in bed. Neither of us have ever regretted it.
5. Have Fun
This seems pretty self-explanatory, but it's true. We rarely vacation alone, and we often share the time and days with our loved ones. But that doesn't mean your ideas, wishes, and values have to fall to the wayside. Speak up. Let your significant other or the group know what you want to do. If your ideas don't align one day, venture out (safely) on your own. Or choose that day to stay back and get a massage or catch up on the list of books crowding up your Kindle. Or, tag along. Sometimes the most unexpected things can make your day. Just make sure that you take the time to nurture yourself.
How do you take care of yourself on vacation??
Until next time,