To paraphrase an old 80’s rock tune, vacations are miraculously fun and definitely smile-worthy. They give us a chance to take a break from the norm and get out of town for a bit. When we return, often times we are recharged, relaxed, and with a multitude of stories to tell friends, family, significant others, co-workers, and the like.
At the moment my lovely girlfriend is off across the country in her good old Southern home town, while I’m still basking in the California grind. Not that I dislike the paradise that is Santa Monica in the slightest, but a change of pace and a change of scenery are both welcome and necessary things for us all to indulge and enjoy. She’s out reconnecting with family and friends, checking out their local yearly festival, spending time with her dogs in the wilderness… Sigh… It sounds like so much fun.
Again those Go-Go’s are in my brain, so if you happen to be in the same boat as me with those champagne wishes and caviar dreams of travel, don’t fret. We can do it! Well, maybe not physically, but that can’t stop the power of imagination! Together we can dream up our ideal travel plans and envision the greatest road trip without ever leaving our chairs!
Seriously, I know some of you are scratching your heads going, “Imagination?” but come on, we all used it as kids, and there’s nothing shameful or childish about it. A healthy imagination is highly important to your psychological wellbeing after all. So what sounds like fun to you?
Perhaps take a trip through the Parthenon or the Roman Colosseum. Even if you’re not there in person, remember the old saying about a picture being worth a thousand words. And the travel photos provided to you by your favorite search engine just so happen to come with the greatest price tag of all time: 0 dollars and 0 cents.
What about the fantastic geoglyphs of the Nazca Desert in Peru? There are quite literally hundreds of individual figures and shapes that are only visible from the sky, and while I am unaware of any helicopter rides to view them, that isn’t going to stop me from imagining it!
And while we’re on the imagination train, how could I leave out that final frontier, outer space? Sure we might not yet have the technology to boldly go, but we do have quite a few probes and rovers that we can look at and think about ourselves being there. Nothing is stopping you also from thinking about being in one of those space shuttles or the International Space Station.
Ok so I know I may not be physically going anywhere soon, even a local yearly festival, but I’m not going to let that get me down. Now if you excuse me, I’m going to take my mind on a brief vacation, I’m thinking Hawaii. Aloha!