acting on impulse is good for the soul
I’m pretty sure there are way more than five reasons why an impulsive trip or holiday is good for the soul.
But for the purpose of this post, I’m focusing on those that sprang to mind following our trip to Majorca.
When you consider the practicalities such as affordability, work and the commitment of having kids at school, impromptu holidays all of a sudden feel like a distant memory.
Then there’s securing last minute dog care, trying to find accommodation that fulfils your family’s needs and wants (air conditioning is a non-negotiable for me!) and the task of getting flights that match up at a fairly reasonable time of day. And that don’t cost an arm and a leg!
Oh and don’t forget that moment of horror when, as you’re all celebrating that you overcame all of the above successfully and efficiently, you realise that your daughter’s passport runs out two weeks before you’re due to fly.
Hey..nothing that a Father/Daughter bonding day trip to the Newport passport office in Wales couldn’t sort out.
So back to that impulsive(ish) vacation.
Our recent, small but perfectly formed Majorcan break felt like a little slice of three day heaven. And I’m fairly sure that a lot of that was down to the fact that it was something we did on impulse.
In the spirit of embracing spontaneity and feeling temporarily footloose and fancy free, here’s five reasons to take a last minute vacation.
A sense of freedom
It turns out I’m not really as tethered to routine as I thought.
A graduate of the plan well ahead school of life, with honours, booking a last minute-ish trip felt rebellious. And sometimes rebellion feels good!
I mean this may not have been a total wake up with the idea today, fly off tomorrow kinda last minute trip but with family, school and work commitments, it was still pretty impulsive.
And with that comes an invaluable sense of freedom and an “Actually I can if I want to” vibe. Not something you get to experience that often once you have family ties.
And to experience it once more is good for the soul.
The Excitement Factor
There’s a lot to be said for having something planned in advance to look forward to (in fact I actively advocate it) but I just realised that the excitement levels for an impulse trip are off the charts!
Maybe its a heady combination of that aforementioned sense of freedom and of not really having the time to think too much about it.
we were all giddy with excitement!
But when we got to the day before and it dawned on us that tomorrow, we were actually hopping on a plane to the sun, we were all giddy with excitement!
Not least me as we’ve never been away for half term before. There’s a lot to be said for realising that you don’t have to implement the usual “Argh I Need Childcare!” action plan.
When you book an impulsive trip, you don’t have the time to build it up into something it really might not be.
More often that not, when a trip has been planned for so long and you finally get there, all those unrealistic expectations of what you want it to be can leave you wanting.
This is particularly true of those early family holidays. Travelling with kids can turn out to be hard work and leave you feeling exhausted by the time you get home.
In years gone by, more than once we’ve uttered that it would have been a whole lot easier and less stressful to just stay at home!
Which leads me nicely onto…
You get to enjoy that sense of homecoming again. I LOVE to travel but I love the feeling of returning home and revelling in the comfort of the familiar once more.
Wherever we put down roots is where the heart is and each time we go away, once the end of the trip is near, I start eagerly anticipating the homecoming.
And not just because I’m missing the dog… or the Nespresso machine…
A sense of gratitude
To feel grateful is more important than ever in the world we inhabit now.
Time to reflect on what matters only serves to underline how crucial it is to find happiness in the small everyday things and live life to the full.
I felt grateful that this trip gave us some family time and me some much needed time away from the desk to rest a racing mind.
Not to mention the chance to re-visit a beautiful island and create more happy memories.
what do you think?
Have you booked a last minute trip lately or do you actually prefer to have it all planned out way in advance?
And where is your favourite place to visit in the summer months?
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