Vacation Dos and Don'ts

Jim blogs on summer vacation dos and dont's.

"How I spent my summer vacation".  It was your classic childhood essay assignment in the first week of the new school year.  

I spent my summer vacation on an island off the coast of North Carolina with family and friends for a week.  Instead of boring you with the details, here's my list of dos and don'ts  at vacation time

DO take it easy when travelling.  Go with a flow.  Nobody likes delays or traffic backups, but no use getting fired up.  Keep with the flow of traffic but don't be the "front door".  Nobody likes shelling out  $125 of their vacation money on a speeding ticket   Take breaks and remember the destination  will still be there when you get there.

DON'T do any "work" work.   Unless you are the CEO of your own corporation, there is no need to check work e-mail, write memos or get a head start on the next project.  Vacation time is for vacation and work time is for work.

DO enjoy your family and friends.  Take the opportunity to engage with them in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. 

DON'T be regimented.  Have plans, but be flexible.   When a great opportunity comes up out of the blue, take advantage of it and don't worry about your itinerary.

DO go off the beaten path.  Many areas have "tourist things" for tourists to do.  Blaze a trail of your own and see what's out there.

DON'T  overdo it.   The sun is no fun, but sun poisoning is not.  Know your limits   Playing beach volleyball is fun, breaking an ankle is not.

DO your part,  whether it's picking up a dinner check, making dinner, or doing dinner dishes.  When everybody pitches in, everybody enjoys.

DON'T worry.   Your problems and concerns will still be there when you get back.  Take a break from them

DO  relax.  Remember the feeling you had in elementary school when the final bell rang on the final day ?   You  were ecstatic about the  endless possibilities ahead for the endless summer.  Your vacation  now may just be a week or two.   So re-live that joy and let the relaxation revitalize you in body and spirit.













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