Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Working Vacation or Relaxing Vacation?

I'm about halfway through Lost Girls.  They are now in India, and Holly is preparing for her month long yoga program.  I will keep my feelings about this book for another post, but in reading about the girls traveling to Africa and volunteering, it got me thinking:  is this something I would do on vacation?

When you go away on a vacation, do you like to relax, eat a lot, and laze about? Or do you like to see and do as much as possible?  I've experienced the see and do on one particular vacation I took to Colorado a few years ago.  The first day we arrived, Bud and I drove to a white water rafting adventure that I'd signed us up for before we left Iowa.  We were in Colorado for a weekend wedding, and we were determined to use every moment not at a wedding function on traveling around and seeing the sights.  While most of the wedding guests played golf, sat at the pool, and drank too much, Bud and I were driving up into the Rockies, hiking on a trail to old pioneer homesteads, and taking a ride up a ski lift to see the sights.  We were exhausted, but packed in as much as we could.

This, of course, is nothing like volunteering in Africa for a month. They are not nearly the same thing.  But some people go on vacation and do nothing at all.  I prefer to do something--especially if it's a place that I may not get to again for a long time.  I guess I am a history/hiking/museum kind of gal, with lunches and dinners thrown in at great restaurants.  I could not, however, live out of a backpack for months at a time.

How about you?  Are you a vacation doer, or a relaxer?


L Harris said...

I have been thinking about this too. I think I would do some of both, if it were a trip like they are doing. We don't take vacations - organizing 6 kids, it just doesn't happen. :) But if we go anywhere it's to visit friends and family, so that's what we do. We visit. Drink coffee, eat way too much. Help with projects or chores or whatever our friends and family are doing.

Jewels said...

Ugh...this book STILL hasn't come into the library and I am nervous to spend money on a book after The Great House... :( Ugh. I really do want to read this one.

On vacation I love to take in the location, do whatever is locally well talked about but them I like to relax and do as little as possible.

My Grama's Soul said...

Good question Sue.....Since I am on vacation pretty much every day of my life now.....I guess you could say that when I go on a REAL VACATION ....I definitely am a doer. Want to see as much and learn as much as I can.

Am a bout a third into this current book....the jury is still out.