A vacation, or holiday, is being away from a regular occupation, or a specific trip or journey, usually for the purpose of recreation or tourism. People often take a vacation during specific holiday observances, or for specific festivals or celebrations. Vacations are often spent with friends or family.
The concept of taking a vacation is a recent invention, and has developed through the last two centuries.
Historically, the idea of travel for recreation was a luxury that only wealthy people could afford. However, the modern concept of vacation is totally changed.
Recent developments in communication technology—internet, mobile, instant messaging, presence tracking, etc.— have begun to change the nature of vacation. Vacation today means absence from the workplace rather than temporary cession of work. It is now the norm in North America and the United Kingdom to carry on working or remain on call while on vacation rather than abandon work altogether.
Family vacation refers to recreation taken together by the family. The intended purpose of family vacation is for family to get away from day-to-day chores and to devote time specifically for the relaxation and unity of family members. Family vacation can be ritual—for example, annually around the same time—or it can be a one-time event. It can involve travel to a far-flung spot or, for families on a tight budget, a stay-at-home.
ARE YOU HOLIDAYING WISELY?
It’s a well known fact that time once gone cannot be catched upon. It is very crucial to spend your holidays in a creative and right manner as per the the needs of your body, health, career, finances and time or climate of the year. Everyone has a different criterion for all the above factors, so decide wisely.
The destination or nature of your holiday must never be governed by the peer pressure or social media anxiety. It must be according to your inner voice and other factors which do not disturb your inner peace.
A short list of things to be done wisely in holidays is just been compiled for you to increase your wisdom in these holidays.
This is a great time to reach out and make contact with important people you haven’t spoken to in a while. Send them a holiday wish or e-card to remind them why they are important to you. Better yet, as long as you are in the holiday mode, get a small gathering of friends together for a little holiday cheer. No need for a big party. Keep it to a few people with whom you really want to spend some quality time.
With New Year’s around the corner, this is the best chance to look back on the year and think about what you’ve learned and what’s left to resolve. Make a list of your five greatest accomplishments for the year and identify any patterns in your behavior that led to the success. For more learning, list five failures from the year and identify behavior patterns you can improve to make a better coming year..
Take advantage of the frequent slow-call days, half-days, and long weekends to rest, regenerate, and recharge. Spend quality family time or alone time to get ready for the year ahead. The first quarter can be the most focused and productive, particularly in cold-weather areas.
- Try cloud-watching or star-gazing. It’s a good excuse to lie on the ground and just watch the sky fly by.
Apply for scholarships and internships
If there was ever a time to apply, it’s now! You don’t have to spend the entire break applying for scholarships, but even if you devote a few hours to your scholarship applications; it will make a world of difference in your search. After all, it only takes one to win!
Step out into the fresh air
Simple outdoor pleasures are highly underrated. Not only is a quick trip out of the house invigorating and mood-lifting, but also a great opportunity for exercise. If you have been thinking of reducing those bulges, then go out and jog, walk or do any outdoor physical activity you enjoy.
- If the weather is bad or you do not want to go out, then go to the gym or do sit-ups inside the house as a form of exercise.
Do something you have never done before
The holidays are a great time to spend on self-improvement. Devote your time to something you haven’t previously had time to practice, such as dancing, playing the piano, swimming, etc. The more skills you have, the more opportunities are open to you in life.
If you have been thinking of doing something and never have the time to do it, then do it. Do not waste your time sitting in front of the TV and watching reruns over and over when you could be broadening your horizons with a brand-new experience. Below are just a few ideas:
- Trying a new kind of food
- Checking out a new club or hang-out spot
- Playing a new sport
- Exploring a new area of wilderness.
Go on an adventure with a friend
Grab a companion and try to find cool new places to explore. Visit a town you have never been to, or go for a walk in the woods. Remember to practice good safety habits when exploring a new area and take a charged mobile phone with you.
Do something sporty
You can ride your bike, walk, play your favorite sport or even try a new one. Any of these sorts of activities are a good way to get healthy.
Try to learn more about something that interests you
Expand your knowledge by investigating something you haven’t previously had time to learn about. This can be anything, from astronomy to zoology!
Expand your linguistic ability
Language skills are some of the most useful, universal ones on the planet. Use your time to learn any new language or learn a form of programming like visual basic or HTML. If you’re especially bored, try making your own codes or ciphers.
Read a book
Any book can help expand your vocabulary and creative writing abilities. However, choose your book wisely so it is worth your time – pulpy, trashy dime store novels are fun, but aren’t terribly enlightening.
Spend time with your friends
If you can’t think of things to do, one of your friends probably can. When all else fails, simply try going for picnics or hanging out at a shopping mall with your friends. A sleepover is another great idea.
If you have nothing you need to do for yourself, you may want to volunteer to help someone else. Ask friends and relatives if they have any projects they need help on, and, if so, offer your services!
Spend time with loved ones
The holidays are a great opportunity to have rare, cherished conversations with family members you haven’t seen for a long time. For instance, you might want to visit your grandparents and have a quality talk with them. You might be surprised how funny and insightful some of your very own relatives have become without your noticing.
Spend time with your pet if you have one
Time with a cherished animal friend is underrated, especially if it’s with one you haven’t seen for a while. Your pet (or pets) probably miss you if you’ve been gone, so spend a little time walking them, playing with them, etc. A pet’s unconditional love can be a great mood-booster if you’ve become oppressively bored over the holidays.
Get to know more people
If there’s no one around that you’d like to spend time with, don’t forget that you always have the option of making new friends. You might choose to do this at a social hang-out spot like a club, or, alternatively, at an event like a concert. Don’t be afraid to approach and talk to people you meet – new friendships have to start somewhere!
- You’ll never make new friends from inside your home, so get out there! Getting out of the house is the most crucial, pivotal step in turning a boring holiday into a fun, productive one.
Throw a party
Having a party is a great way to have fun. You can invite your friends and have a fiesta themed on the weather. If it’s sunny, have it beach themed. If it’s cold, you and your friends can stay inside and have a nice cup of cocoa.
Use your free time to dive into the creative pursuit of your choice. If you are interested in music, then try making some new music. If you love writing, then try making an article on WikiHow! The possibilities are endless.
- Try such artistic endeavors as clay modelling, or a collage, or even start decorating your room. Choose things that let you express your mind.
If you’re saving up for SOMETHING but can’t bother to wait, set up a stall outside your house. It’s the easiest thing to do – get some old toys and make some food, and you’re done. If it doesn’t go that well, at least you had fun trying and you’ve tidied out the old things to make way for the new. Check with your local council to make sure you are allowed to do this.
Get chores and tasks out of the way
The holidays are one of the few times each year when most people have lots of free time. If you have no pressing commitments with family or friends, consider using your time to finish duties that you’ve been putting off for a long time. For instance, if you’ve neglected cleaning your room for ages, devote your entire afternoon to doing so. Other good ideas include filing your taxes, running errands, paying bills, re-organizing your closet, and servicing your car.
What better to get you in the holiday spirit than baking a pie? Your home will be filled with a delicious aroma and you’ll have a great gift to take to a holiday party or share with any house guests that stop by.
Revamp your resume, cover letter and/or essays
Whether it’s a job, internship or college application resume, cover letter or essays, updated documents are always good to keep on hand at all times – after all, you never know when you might need them! Oppurtunity knocks the moment you’re least expecting it so it’s always best to be prepared at a moment’s notice. As a result, take the extra time during your break to work on all your important documents, adding any extra information you have had since you last updated them. If you need any extra tips or reference materials, here are some helpful resources.
See a movie
Some of the best films of the year are released during the holiday season and, since you have a lot of free time on your hands, it’s a great opportunity to take advantage! Ask a friend, family member or longtime crush to join and, perhaps, splurge on sharing that jumbo popcorn.
HOLIDAY WISDOM AT A GLANCE
# Unplug from work. …
# Try out a new skill. …
# Spend time with family, friends, or community. …
# Don’t spend all your time on the computer – it is important to see friends too!
# Avoid getting yourself in a routine; do not do the same thing every day!# Don’t get into trouble during the holidays.
# Remember to spend your time wisely! It might be a while before you get more time off!
# Sleep as much as you want. You might not get this time again!
# Don’t watch too much television either go out with your mates or if it is raining spend time with family members. For Example: siblings, parents or pets.
# If you are alone in your home. Play a game that interests you..
# Do SOMETHING memorable. …
# Enjoy yourself.
MUCH LOVE AND POWER TO YOU