May what matters most inspire your family’s future travel plans.
Here are five ideas to consider:
Small feet splashing in the surf. First tracks through powder. A really big tug on the fishing line as you float a scenic Montana River. Climbing to the top of the hill through personal pedal power. Those are the moments that bring joy to parents as they watch their children and grandchildren experience a rush of adrenalin and the unexpected thrill of a new experience. Make plans to see the sparkle in their bright eyes today.
Whether it’s a milestone birthday, an anniversary, a wedding, a new family member or your clan’s good health, there is reason to celebrate in the months ahead. Modern day cruise itineraries are designed to help you put a plan in motion. Whether you choose to cruise the Caribbean islands, the wilds of Alaska, the coast of California or in more exotic waters, there is something for every age group to experience every day and a way to toast to your collective good fortune every night.
Reduce the stress of daily life through endorphin-releasing adventures paired with wellness promoting activities that will manifest happy memories as well as healthy habits. Unplug and learn to meditate. Take a yoga class together. Spend the day at the spa. Paddle across the lake. Go for a family run or hike through the red rock canyons in Sedona.
Perhaps the best we have to give is our time. So plan now to share your wealth with those you hold dear. Plan a getaway with the grandparents, a romantic holiday with your spouse, a weekend with the cousins, and the best Spring Break ever with the kids. Meet your college friends and their families for the big game. Embrace the idea of hanging out with theme park princesses or in a world of wizards while it still matters. Create a shared experience that will last for a lifetime.
Share the bounty with others. Volunteer vacations enable parents to model their most deeply held values while demonstrating compassion for others who share our place on the planet. Develop new talents, brush off rusty skills and make a difference as a family. For a day, a weekend, or longer, help build a house, teach someone to read, uncover artifacts or improve an endangered habitat.
Many resorts and hotels, like the Andaz at Peninsula Papagayo in Costa Rica, offer the option to give back to the local community during your own holiday getaway. You may also want to consider including a less fortunate friend or family member in your next vacation. As they say, love makes the world go round.
Contact: https://papagayo.andaz.hyatt.com www.SandalsFoundation.org www.Habitat.org ReadGlobal.org.
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Here's a little inspiration to get you packing!
“I am a passionate traveler, and from the time I was a child, travel formed me as much as my formal education.”
“Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all of one’s lifetime.”
“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.”
— Saint Augustine
“Love is the food of life. Travel, the dessert.” - Unknown
“Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.”
“To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.”
“To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.”
“Just do it!” - Nike
“Not all those who wander are lost.”
“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.”
“In matters of healing the body or the mind, vacation is a true genius!”
― Mehmet Murat ildan
“Oh, the places you’ll go.”
“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.”
“There was nothing like a Saturday - unless it was the Saturday leading up to the last week of school and into summer vacation. That of course was all the Saturdays of your life rolled into one big shiny ball.”
― Nora Roberts, Rising Tides
“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.”
“Travel, and the younger sort, is a part of education; in the elder, a part of the experience.”
“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not. “
—Ralph Waldo Emerson
“One of the great things about travel is that you find out how many good, kind people there are.”
“Certainly, traveling is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living. “
“Every person needs to take one day away. A day in which one consciously separates the past from the future. Jobs, family, employers, and friends can exist one day without any one of us, and if our egos permit us to confess, they could exist eternally in our absence. Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for. Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us.”
― Maya Angelou, Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now
“Travel far enough, you meet yourself.”
“A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for”
—John A. Shedd
“The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see.”
“We must go beyond textbooks, go out into the bypaths and untrodden depths of the wilderness and travel and explore and tell the world the glories of our journey.”
—John Hope Franklin
“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.”
When all else fails, take a vacation!