A POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS SECRET OF VACATION

By now most of you know that Margie and I enjoyed a well-deserved vacation at the Luxury Bahia Principe in Runaway Bay Jamaica. Here I am at the resort holding one of my favorite books. I presented several copies to different parties while I was there. The manager of the hotel actually called to give me his feedback and inform me that he was going to share several of the tools contained in the book with his staff.

Earlier this week on my YouTube channel Neil Panosian, as well as last week on this very blog, we looked at the benefits a vacation can bring you before you leave. In this post we are going to talk about the benefits you can receive from your vacation, but look at the dangers associated with it.

First the secret. I mentioned that Margie and I had spent time looking at videos and brochures prior to our departure to get our spirits up, and because the Wisconsin winter was especially long and tough this year, to keep our spirits up as well. The same thing will be applied for after vacation. This time the videos and pictures we will be watching will have us in them, because we took them! Not only will these be great for an emotional boost, but they will also be great for creating our vision boards. In my case it will also be a great motivating factor for the gym as well. There were so many fun and great moments on this trip, I was thrilled we could capture them. This includes a great snorkeling video I was able to take thanks to my new waterproof phone case.

This all sounds great, doesn’t it? What possibly could be dangerous about taking pictures and videos? The main danger, other than not watching where you are walking, is that you may miss the event for want of capturing it. With Margie taking cake orders and myself running several internet pages as well as keeping in touch with several publishers, we are both on our phones more that I would like. On vacation we made a concerted effort to limit that. We were also aided by what proved to be sketchy internet service and an issue with Facebook.

There is a thin line between wanting to capture the memory and being able to live the memory. There is nothing worse than going through your vacation photos only to find what you missed out on. What can we do to balance this out? Two things jump to my mind right away, but I would love to hear your suggestions as well.

One of the best things to do is to decide ahead of time pictures you might want to capture. Before Margie and I left on our vacation we knew a few of the things we were going to do. We were going to tour a coffee plantation, swim in the pool and ocean and enjoy several restaurants on the property. We also discussed where we would like pictures of us. I think we did a great job of capturing many wonderful moments. We both also wrote in journals to help record some of our wonderful moments we shared. Dividing the duties up between members of vacation party can make things a little easier as well. That way one person is not always behind the camera.

The second thing that jumped to mind may seem obvious, but is worth noting. Decide on moments that will be ‘phone and camera free’. Time to just enjoy and relax, to be in the moment. After our vacation was done we looked back on our pictures and were able to both savor the memories as well as appreciate the times we did not take pictures. I think it is important to learn from each vacation experience. That presents the opportunity to make each successive vacation even better. Some great examples is knowing what is worth packing and making sure to get rest before you leave. There was not much to regret on our wonderful tropical escape, but one thing we both agreed to do differently next vacation is to get some sleep the night before. Between jet lag and lack of sleep we lost half a day of vacation. It was great to rest in the tropical breeze, but I think we may do that differently next time.

5 thoughts on “A POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS SECRET OF VACATION

    1. I agree, it is important to get sleep the night prior to going on a vacation. The problem most people experience is an adrenaline rush the night before due to the anxiousness of leaving for vacation. There are ways to combat this situation.
      1. Have everything packed and ready to go at least 2-3 days prior to your vacation.
      2. Go to sleep at least 2 hours earlier than you normally would. This helps you unwind and allows your body to slow it’s adrenaline production. If you truly cannot sleep try taking melatonin or even a cup of tea or something warming.
      3. Clear your mind and force yourself to NOT think about things like:
      Am I forgetting something?
      What do I have to do here at home yet?
      What is the first thing or things I am going to do once I get there?
      You are only going to be gone 3-10 days and believe me, the world will go on while you are sipping tropical drinks. The day before you leave should not be spent frantically getting ready. It should be the precursor to the vacation. Relax and enjoy the evening before you leave.
      If none of that is possible, email me and I can stop by your residents with a brick and make sure you sleep well……I am kidding, relax and follow the above simple ideas and you are sure to enjoy the vacation.
      Kurt.

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  1. Those memories of do’s and dont’s are great . It’s actually more customized to the individual. I’m going they boxed this spring sorting photos for 4 grown children . I’m on vacation you could say while dirty comfy in my big red chair .
    ThNks for the experience of Jamaica for me , once again.

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