Everyone has their own vacation style. Some people like nothing more than to sit and lay out by the beach, while others are go-go-go! I discovered my vacation style several years back, when I accompanied my dad on a business trip to Arizona. Unlike many of the other places I had travelled to at that point, there really wasn’t much to do in Arizona. I was used to visiting places with tons of attractions and tourist destinations. Things were different in Arizona, though. Sure, there was shopping and yes, we did end up seeing the Grand Canyon. But there wasn’t much else.
Now, that isn’t to say Arizona isn’t a great place to visit. Some people would absolutely love it there! Unfortunately, I was miserable the entire time. Every day, I would grab a book and lay out by the pool…. for hours. I would alternate between going for a swim and then drying off. Those days seemed to drag on forever. There I was lying by a pool with a perfect blue sky above me, and I couldn’t wait for the day to be over.
Yes, it was during that trip that I realized my vacation style. I am simply not the type of person to enjoy sitting around. I find it boring. Many of my friends are the complete opposite. They would absolutely love to sit by the pool or on the beach and just relax and unwind. It turns out that I’m not so good at relaxing. When I’m visiting somewhere – and it doesn’t matter where it is – I want to see it all. I want to have an experience that I can remember for years to come.
That’s why I like visiting places where I can do things. All of those touristy areas that are packed full of people? Yes, please! Checking out the local shopping centre, museum, historical buildings, or notable attractions? Absolutely! When I’m away, I want to see what the city has to offer. I want to soak in the atmosphere instead of just sit around somewhere nice. That type of vacation certainly isn’t for everyone, though.
If you’re trying to figure out what type of vacation style is right for you, start by asking yourself a few questions. Are you stressed in your day-to-day life? Do you need some time to relax? What experiences have you always dreamed of having? Are there certain places you would love to visit? If those questions don’t help you figure out your vacation style, think about vacations you’ve taken in the past. Which ones were the best or most memorable? What did you do on those trips? Thinking about vacations you’ve taken that you’ve enjoyed – or haven’t enjoyed – can help you determine what vacation style works best for you.
Arizona may not have been my ultimate vacation, but it taught me one important thing: my vacation style. From that point on, I knew that pool and beach locations weren’t going to be my cup of tea. To ensure that your next trip is enjoyable, think about your vacation style beforehand. It’ll make a big difference!