When a word or phrase gets into the vernacular of a culture, it can sometimes bring about some pretty cool changes in that a group of people are able to communicate in a new, sometimes profound way. The idea of a retreat, or in our case a vacation retreat, is one that actually has quite a bit of history but usually ends in the same manner every time – the person ‘retreating’ is decidedly heading back to the real world fully charged once again.
Basically, a vacation retreat is where you and your family are able to go out on an adventure exploring a particular corner of the world so that when you return, you will have returned a new, revitalized person.
Sounds nice, huh? The question, however, gets raised regarding how one is able to choose their next favorite vacation retreat. As with any choice, there is always the time & effort dedicated to actually making the decision, and if you’re trying to decide how best to use your vacation time, the irony of stressful planning shouldn’t be lost on anyone. But, take a cue from your prospective retreat mindset & chill out a bit. Finding the right retreat isn’t difficult because you, as the consumer, have quite a bit of power.
First, it’s important to understand what it is you’re looking for in a vacation retreat. What types of activities are you looking to explore? Are there any particular experiences that seem noteworthy and interesting to you & your family? If you have everyone working together to decide what might be the right outing, then you can spend less time arguing & more time contemplating nirvana.
Next, it’s important to know what type of setting you’re looking to visit. This seems easy enough, but keep in mind that you’ll need to know when you’re on vacation. After all, if you’re vacation time comes around during the winter, will you be looking forward to a winter wonderland or perhaps look to the tropical weather elsewhere? Luckily, we live in a big world filled with a number of choices, so you really have a plethora of options to choose from, but thinking in terms of an ideal setting may really amp up the planning process.
You’ll also need to think about just how much retreating you’ll be doing. Are you hoping your next vacation retreat will have the feel of a woodsy, rustic getaway but still have access to a local town’s modern-day amenities? Are you looking to really get in touch with nature & do nothing more than rely on your own power to get around hiking, biking, & even canoeing? How else will you get around?
Piggybacking a bit off the last point, it’s important to remember that sometimes getting away means also enjoying a way of life other than your own, and that can be as simple as exploring a quaint mountain town, for example. Not only can you find the things that make modern life work, but you also are just steps away from the rugged terrain & mountain air that makes you never want to leave.
A vacation retreat should be more of a way to recharge your body & soul rather than a reason to leave the world behind. There’s a fine line between the two and understanding it is one of life’s great pursuits.