After an amazing vacation in Norway, part working on and off from my parents’ house, part being entirely away from my email, spending time in Lofoten with my family, I have come up with a few more or less (mostly less) serious tips for your next vacation. If you follow these guidelines, you are sure to enjoy getting back to work when it’s all over.
1. Wear Yourself Out
Do things every day, all the time. Turn off Netflix and go out and explore (seriously, don’t waste away before the screen). Climb mountains, dive into the sea, drive motorcycles and jog in the mornings. Hang glide, climb more mountains, and climb them again.
The key is to make sure you don’t spread these activities out too much. You have only one vacation—use it. The goal is to use so much energy doing different activities that when you return to work, it will feel like a vacation compared to your time off.
2. Try to Hang Out With Everyone you Love
Everyone in the entire world. Run from house to house. While you still have pieces of chocolate in your mustache, and you haven’t even finished up your conversation, just say you gotta be off and then be off.
You can effectively hang out with more than ten different groups of people every day. No problem. Some of them you bring when you jog or climb mountains. Also, when you hang out with the ones you are currently hanging out with, think about the next friend you’re going to meet, so you don’t register a word they’re saying. This way you avoid information overload, and have an incredibly relaxing vacation.
3. Take ALL THE PHOTOS!
When you run from mountain top to mountain top, stressing along because you have an appointment with a few friends in an hour, you might feel like you’re not able to enjoy the moment. Who cares! There is a solution for that too. Bring your phone, and whenever something looks like it could have been a “moment”, you snatch it with the camera and you’ll be able to sit down and enjoy the moment over and over again the rest of the year.
Take so many of them that you forget to enjoy even the experiences you have time to take in. Feel that nervous twitch in your hand whenever you see something amazing? The hand wants to pick your phone out of your pocket and snatch a snapshot of the moment you are experiencing?
Let him do it.
On a Serious Note Though
At a moment on our trip this summer, I had a realization. Me and a bunch of my family had got a place on a fishing boat (which happened to have it’s 100th year anniversary this year), and soon we were out among the rolling waves in Lofoten. Surrounding us were these blue mountains disappearing into the distance, and at random places light shone down on distant peaks.
Here I realized I will never really be able to really catch a moment on camera. The smell of salt in the air, the seagulls following the boat, and even an eagle circling above us. The people pulling up huge fish. Their smiles when they did. The way the waves rolled us up and about, and how there was beauty to be found at all 360 degrees around us. It cannot be reproduced.
This should not be something negative, but something that encourages us to embrace the moments we see something new, or experience something out of the ordinary.
Enjoy your next time off work, and remember to take a lot of pictures.