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Is camping a vacation? Oct 13

Vacations are supposed to be relaxing, right? A time of ease, a respite from the work and stress of daily life, right? A chance to forget about surviving, and reap some of the rewards of your daily striving to make a living, right?

Almost.

The key to vacationing is that vacations are breaks in your routine. A vacation doesn’t have to be a time of ease, indulgence, laziness, and excess. A good vacation can be challenging, difficult, cause the feelings of risk and tiredness, and make you sigh with relief when you are finally able to hit the sack—as long as the activities and schedule are different from your normal daily routine.

Vacations like camping adventures are most successful under certain circumstances:

  • You’re in good enough condition that the physical challenges aren’t a problem; you have, or have access to, the skills that make “roughing it” enjoyable.
  • You like the bragging rights. (“You rode your motorcycle to the Arctic Circle? Man, you are nuts!”)
  • You want to find (or reassure yourself of) your limits—to answer the question, “How tough am I?”
  • You find it gratifying to lead young people on an adventure that helps them grow and learn about themselves. I remain thankful to this day for the leaders who took me wilderness camping when I was  a youngster, and I feel gratified to this day for taking my son and his friends wilderness camping.
  • You enjoy the closeness to nature more than you dislike the inconveniences of living in the wild. Time in the woods or on the lake, even if you don’t much enjoy the lack of luxury, can be a horizon-broadening, enriching experience.
Either they found a rocky island, or they're sleeping in the water...

Either they found a rocky island, or they're sleeping in the water...

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Types of vacations Sep 29

I suppose everyone could come up with a list of kinds of vacations, and most of the lists would be different. Here’s my list, sorted more or less by luxury. I invite you, dear reader, to comment and add your own compendium of the varieties of travel, or your opinions about the ones in my list.

  1. The “staycation.” Stay at home and work. Not much fun. More on that in another post.
  2. Camping. I’m thinking Boundary Waters Canoe Area here. Really roughing it—sleep on the ground, eat your own cooking. For some, especially Scouts, this is regarded as great fun. More on that in a future post. You can include motorcycle trips in this category. More on that in another post.
  3. Visit the relatives. We’re sorting this list by luxury, remember, not enjoyability. Depending on your relatives (and you), this can be a pretty good experience, especially if it doesn’t last too long. Guests and fish stink after three days, the saying goes. Be sure to take them out for dinner as a thank-you.
  4. A road trip to a vacation spot. Your destination is some place of geographical or historical interest, with a decent place to lay your head. Budgets can vary a lot, but you always spend more than you planned, and total fun is inversely proportional to distance from home.
  5. Cruise, resort, or some exotic location—planned and handled by a travel agency. This is by far the easiest way to travel, and the cost doesn’t have to be prohibitive. If you (ahem) find an agency that does discounts, you can actually get a really good deal. You come home refreshed, and not broke.

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