Have you ever noticed that vacations, just like the people that take them, are inherently unique to each individual?
I can think of no better example to illustrate this other than the one time my adventurous friend Michal went on vacation through Asia and did a guided overnight hiking tour through the jungles of Thailand and was served roasted rat for dinner.
She loved it.
I, on the other hand, think this sounds a lot more like punishment than a vacation. But hey–everyone is different!
It’s not just the destination, it’s how you plan it, and how you spend your time, too. I think you can learn a lot about people based on how they travel. Everyone has their own take on “the best way to travel” and I think we’ve fine-tuned ours as time has gone along. Maybe the way you travel changes and evolves as you grow up.
In our earlier days, we took vacations that were over-planned, required tons of moving around, train tickets, plane tickets, several different hotels.
Was it cool? Of course! But it resulted in needing a vacation from our vacation.
Have you ever felt that way too? So, fast forward years later, Neal and I look at vacations a little bit differently.
Our personal vacation philosophy: embracing the “one thing” trick.
This works whether you’re traveling with friends, your spouse, or even by yourself.
It’s easy–just ask yourself, “what’s the #1 thing I’m absolutely DYING to do on this trip?” Each person you’re traveling with gets to pick their one thing, no questions asked.
Last time we went to France, for example, my #1 thing was visiting the Paris Flea Markets. Neal’s #1 thing was taking a trip to Normandy, so those are the two things we made sure to leave room for in our schedule.
This allowed us both enough structure to make sure we got what we each wanted out of our trip individually, but enough wiggle room to really get to “live” in Paris, and not feel like our trip was more like a series of appointments instead of a vacation.
Would you give this a try? Or does this sound too wishy-washy to you? How do you like to plan your vacations?