Everyone loves a good holiday. It’s a time when we can set aside responsibility and truly explore what makes us happy. Downtime is integral to our health and happiness, but everyone has their own individual idea of what constitutes the perfect holiday. Some want a tropical retreat, some look forward to escaping to a secluded, holiday cottage getaway while others aren’t happy without their daily adrenaline rush.
Below are just a few of the many ways in which we decide to spend our time away from work and life. What motivates you?
Some people thirst for excitement and adventure
The prospect of parachuting from a plane or bungee jumping off a cliff might fill some people with dread, but a lot of people get a thrill from being terrified. These people, known as ‘Type-T’, love the idea of escaping their office jobs and living life to the max, at incredible speed. They have a burning desire to explore and experience new things that might scare or challenge them. For them, this is a huge part of living.
Luckily, adventurous holidays offer a tremendous amount of benefits – they provide opportunity for exercise, they encourage sharp mental reflexes and they open your eyes to experiences you never before would have considered.
On top of this, the after-effects of an adrenaline rush can be intensely calming. As you throw yourself from a plane, your body is put through a fight-or-flight response and experiences an influx of chemicals. Once your body becomes aware that it is now safe, you experience a relaxing, sleepy feeling as your blood pressure and heart rate drops. If you can complete a bungee jump, then walking into that vital business meeting is a piece of cake in comparison!
Some search for relaxation and indulgence
We all know someone who loves nothing more than to simply relax and indulge during their time off. You will likely find these people reading a book on a tranquil beach or hidden away during their secluded cottage holiday. Of course, it’s important that we take the time to relax. British workers are more “stressed, run-down and depressed” than ever before, simply because they refuse to take time for themselves and enjoy their allocated holiday. These holidays are for those who want to unwind and take a break from all life’s pressures..
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Some are knowledge seekers
Those with a love for education can go to almost any holiday destination and find something new to learn. There is always a local museum or tour detailing the area’s history or a sanctuary where you can explore and learn about local wildlife. If knowledge and education are the driving forces behind your holiday, you probably won’t be satisfied whiling away the hours near a pool because you feel enriched and satisfied by learning about the local language, culture and geography.
Some love to experience new cultures
There is so much to life and so little time to experience it. A lot of people love to travel and go on holiday to envelop themselves in new ways of thinking, behaving and eating. It can be especially beneficial for children to travel, to give them a new perspective and a true appreciation of the world around them. It is easy to work ourselves into a rut and live out the same routine day after day. Going to places entirely different from home provides a refreshing change and can prompt changes within ourselves that stand to benefit our lives in the long run.
Some are looking for quality family time
We work day in and day out to look after our family, but how much quality family time do we actually get to enjoy in the average week? A huge holiday motivation lies in setting time aside to really bond with, and get reacquainted with, your nearest and dearest. There are a tremendous number of benefits to family holidays, and they stick with us for life, comprising our most happy memories.
You don’t need to travel far and wide to see the benefits of family holidays. In fact, a staycation is just as effective as a cruise or a lavish all-inclusive hotel stay in the Caribbean. As long as you invest the time and effort, everyone involved will have a memorable holiday that will see them through life’s trials.
About the Author:
Diane Pearce is an entrepreneur who has been buying and letting holiday cottages for 15 years. She is passionate about providing last-minute getaways to those seeking a retreat. She now owns BimbleBox, a popular holiday cottage rental website that exists to provide beautiful and affordable last minute cottage deals to remember.
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