The Ideal Vacation
My chronic illnesses have not only changed the way I live, but they have also changed the way I vacation. Prior to becoming chronically ill, I would plan for a relaxing trip to break away from my every day hurried life. Even if I planned for a few adventures, I never had to worry or stress over wondering if my body could handle what I had planned.
Instead of hopping out of bed first thing in the morning and spending my day on the go until bedtime like I used to, I now spend most of my time in bed. It’s probably no surprise that I like to plan vacations that provide excitement instead of relaxation. With that said, I do make sure that I allow for plenty of downtime in between activities. Spending a week in a remote cabin used to sound appealing to me, but considering how much time I spend alone in my room the last thing I want to do is to isolate myself even more from the world.
While seeking adventure once or twice a year, I also have to be realistic about what my body can handle. I also remind myself that no matter what I choose, I will most likely experience days, weeks, or even months of additional pain afterward.
My ideal vacation is not the only thing that has changed, so has what I consider to be relaxing or adventurous. In the past, I considered a week at Disneyland to be a relaxing getaway from reality. Now I consider it a wild adventure. While it is no secret that my ideal vacation destination is Disneyland, I do enjoy visiting other places. In the past year, I have been to San Francisco, CA and Denver, CO. Prior to my chronic illnesses, I would have considered how I spent my time there as relaxing. However, since my body is consumed with pain, those “relaxing” trips were quite adventurous for me. For me, sometimes just going out to dinner is an adventure!!
So what is your ideal vacation? Do you seek solitude or people? Do you choose vacations that are similar to your everyday life or ones that test your boundaries? And most importantly, do you plan your vacations with your conditions in mind? Are you willing to endure extra pain following your trip? By the way, if you are planning a vacation to Disneyland, be sure to purchase a copy of my guide and use your adventure energy for rides not wondering what you can do or where you need to go.
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