On our trip to Nicaragua in November, I traveled differently than I ever have before. I deliberately planned a very slow vacation. We spent three weeks and visited four places. When the guidebook said to spend three days somewhere, I planned for twice as many. We even spent eight whole days on a teeny island off the coast doing nothing but spending our days on the beach fishing, reading and swimming.
When I travel and spend so much money and precious annual leave to go on vacation, I feel like I really need to make the absolute most of it. In the past, when I was younger, that meant cramming as many museums and famous sites as possible into my vacation. On this vacation, it meant giving myself permission to do exactly what I wanted to each day – even if that was only sleeping and eating and reading – and letting go of the thoughts about what I should be doing. It felt great.
The other thing about this vacation that is different that other vacations I've taken is that we traveled to a place mostly for its natural beauty. I've always ever traveled to Europe before and my vacations were packed full of museums, sights, relics and good restaurants. In Nicaragua, we mostly went seeking beautiful beaches, volcanoes and sunsets.
Before we took our trip, I thought that we’d wait another five years or so before we would take another big trip, but while on vacation, we both realized that we need to do this more often. This way of traveling is so much more relaxing and rejuvenating. I’m hooked!