After an amazing break in Dubrovnik I’m feeling better than I have in a long time. Waving goodbye to a grey England, Croatia welcomed us with it’s 20 degree October sunshine, clear blue sea and chilled European lifestyle. Travelling with some of my Lincoln family (Jack, Sophie and Ben), it was exactly what I needed to relax, cry with laughter and reassess my life. Check out my Instagram feed for our adventures.
With that in mind, I wanted to share a few ways that I think a holiday/break can help keep us refreshed/appreciative of our lives/sane. I’m not saying you have to travel anywhere exotic; it could be Spain or your local seaside, but every now and again you should treat yourself to some ‘me time’. You deserve it:
1. A change of scenery. Mixing things up helps you to notice and appreciate things which you might have begun to overlook. If you see or do something everyday, the beauty or magic is likely to disappear. Adventure is good for the soul.
2. A challenge. If you’ve travelled somewhere new, chances are you’ll be faced with different a culture/way of life/language. Push yourself, try something new and go outside of your comfort zone.
3. Learning. I’m a big believer in learning – I don’t think we should ever stop! As humans we’re naturally inquisitive and curious, so travelling somewhere new means that we can ask questions, think new thoughts and broaden our minds. See, learning is the best 🙂
4. Time to think. Without realising, our daily lives can be quite hectic. We’re so used to the pace and routine of things, that having a spare 5 minutes to sit down and just think is rare. A change from the norm is the perfect excuse to make time for reflection and analysis about your life. What are you doing? Where are you going? What do you want for the future?
5. Space to think. Similar to having time, having space is important. As much as I love London, sometimes all of those tall city buildings can feel claustrophobic. It might be because I’m a field-loving country girl, but travelling to somewhere with open spaces like the sea always eases my mind.
6. Perspective. Croatian sunsets are beautiful. Looking out across Dubrovnik to the sea, I started to think about life – what it means, why we’re here, and closer to home; Am I happy?
7. Life is too short. Call me cliché, but we only get one shot at life, so do what makes you happy. I don’t want to look back in 50 years and wish I’d done something differently. Do what feels right, learn if something doesn’t go to plan and don’t regret anything because every decision has made you who you are right now, so own it.
So what are you waiting for? Get planning your next adventure 🙂 Where would you go?