How to Balance Relaxation and Adventure on Your Next Vacation
If you’re like me, you prefer to go on a vacation to “get away” and just relax. If you’re like my wife, you prefer to go on a vacation and experience as many adventures as possible and utilize every available hour to “do” something. In my experience, I think it wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to make a loose generalization and say that most trip-takers could be categorized into one of these two groups. I think it’s logical to assume that the ideal vacation would probably be a happy medium between both ideologies. Again in my experience, this is easier said than done. Friend’s and family’s vacation experiences and nostalgia often clash, some wanting to hang out at the Zion National Park hotel room or pool for most of the time and others wanting to spend as little time as possible at the hotel. Let me give you a couple tips to help you create the best possible balance between relaxation and adventure so that you can execute the best possible vacation.
Optimal adventure requires adequate rest
Look, I get the desire to want to experience as much as you possibly can in the allotted amount of hours and days your vacation has been planned for. You want to get your money’s worth, so to speak, and the idea of staying at your Zion National Park hotel for any amount of time can seem wasted. And if you’re the one who’s planned the whole thing, you’re likely feeling pressure to make sure everyone has a great time. This is totally understandable. However, it’s important to remember that you don’t want to run everyone ragged by going from place to place to place all day every day.
This method, in my experience, tends to cause unnecessary exhaustion and stress. Making sure to get to spot A by such-and-such time and only spending a certain amount of time there so you can make sure that you make it to “spot B” by such-and-such time can really detract from the experience that is meant to be had at spot A and spot B. If this is how you usually like to do things, by all means, more power to you. But consider planning a minimal amount of activities per day – or one large activity – that your party can look forward to, rather than instill feelings of anxiety and a rush mentality. This can be a wonderful way to create great memories and allow your mind to effectively “take everything in.”
Plan a day (or days) with no specific activities
Personally, these are my favorite days of a vacation; the ones where I don’t have to be anywhere at any particular time and I can sleep in if I want to, lounge at the Zion National Park hotel pool for an undetermined amount of time and read or sunbathe. On these days you and other members of your group can decide on the fly where to go for meals, what movie to see at the local theater, or what walk to take around the resort property or surrounding area. This can be particularly fun and rewarding if you’ve traveled to a place you’ve never been before and is worth leisurely checking out. Spontaneity and improvisation have created some of my most cherished trip memories. I’m confident that it will do the same for you and your fellow travelers.
The main point being made here is that any vacation will be better if those involved don’t rush to and fro for the duration of the trip. Enjoy the destination location that you’re in, enjoy your Zion National Park hotel, and really take in “being away from it all.” It will make your scheduled adventures even more meaningful and exciting not to mention lead towards a relaxing vacation.