Choosing how you will get there is just as important as picking your destination
Today I am going to help you choose a destination that will increase your chances of having a fabulous vacation.
Living with multiple chronic conditions has changed many things in my life, including what I expect from a vacation. Psoriatic arthritis, fibromyalgia, and endometriosis often create havoc before, during, and after each trip. I may not be able to escape my conditions for a week, but I can still have a fabulous getaway by having realistic expectations. Here are five unrealistic vacation expectations and how I turned them around.
When making plans it is important to keep our conditions and limitations in mind at all times. It took me close to 10 years to accept my conditions and to begin planning my daily life around them and a few more years until I began planning outings and vacations with them in mind. Here are a few tips to help you plan your next getaway:
In the past, I was on the go from the moment I left home to go on vacation until the moment I arrived home. After chronic illnesses entered my life, I began scheduling downtime prior to and following my trips. However, this was not enough after my conditions progressed. In the past year, I have realized how important it is to NOT schedule outings or expect my body to be willing to leave my bed for a minimum of a day or two after arriving at my destination. Whether by train, plane, or automobile, traveling takes a toll on a chronically ill body. After two days of riding in a car, my body is thanking me for not scheduling anything that requires leaving the hotel for the next few days. Typically I would start scheduling outings for the second day, but because I have four fun-filled days planned with family at the end of the week, I knew I needed to take precautions.