We all know that vacation time form work is a good stress reliever, and many use it to take a great trip somewhere before getting back in the groove of life. But there are major passages in life that can be as stressful as work, if not more so. Planning a trip around these times can be a great stress reducer and make painful times pass with more ease and comfort.
When planning your next trip, the online calendar may jump out at you with a date you would rather escape. The death of a loved one perhaps, the birthday of an old flame, the anniversary you used to love celebrating with a former partner. Even Mothers and Father’s Day, once you have lost your parents, can be stressful, especially if you don’t have any children or other family members with whom to celebrate. These are good dates for flying. You can also use them as a benchmark to extend your trip by a few days so you are busy sightseeing exactly on those dates.
Travel can be a wonderful tool to help you celebrate life rather than have sorrowful moments. If you are travelling with a tour group and one of those unhappy dates falls before or after the tour begins, use it to see more of the major city where you will join the group. Tour groups typically just give you an overview of the major cities, and there is always more to see than just one or two days. There are museums, restaurants, and local activities that you can always see to extend the time.
Some forms of travel may have never appealed to you before, such as all- inclusive resorts. However, if going through a trying time and you need to get away to chill out from one of life’s major stressors, an all-inclusive resort can be perfect. All food and drink are freely available all the time; you can sleep as much as you need to, and you can always participate in several activities to pamper your body as well as your spirit. There are always message parlors and spas available.
Times like this are also excellent for using hotel points to stay at accommodations that totally spoil you. Or, if you have the money, splurge and pay for the opportunity to be spoiled. Always make sure however, that if you really splurged on a hotel, that you are getting points of some sort for that splurge. It will ease the pain of the bill, and help you out with future accommodations or airfare.
Whatever stress you need to confront in life, remember that travel is always there for you as your friend. Painful anniversaries pass more easily when you are in new surroundings and a different culture. You are living as you reflect upon the people you love and the life you are leading. It is, quite simply, the only money you will ever spend that makes you richer in mind, body and soul. Reflect, celebrate, and travel.
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