With Christmas and the new year firmly behind us, many of us are starting to think about booking our summer holiday. For the organised planner, you may already know where you are heading off to this summer – whereas, if you enjoy the thrill of being spontaneous, you probably won’t know what awaits you until the last minute.
We, as a family, usually book our holidays way in advance. One advantage in doing this, is that we know what we will be paying, and that we get more choice. We also get to enjoy the build-up. There’s nothing better than clicking the ‘book now’ button, and allowing it to become something special to look forward to as we get on with daily life. Not that I don’t enjoy my life – but it’s always good to have special things planned along the way.
Mindfulness means embracing the moment
However, I do think it’s important that we enjoy the time we have in between our holidays. Let’s face it, the amount of time we spend at home is far more than the time we spend on holiday. So, I truly believe that we should celebrate something every day. We get so caught up in our busy lives that we overlook those precious moments, or we don’t even bother to create them in the first place.
Imagine a freshly cooked meal made from scratch; served on a nicely laid candle-lit table, subtle background music, and device-free conversation with your loved ones. Or, how about finding something different to do in your local area next weekend? All of these things create those special moments in our lives. Isn’t it all about not waiting for the perfect moment, but rather taking the moment and making it perfect? Anyway, that’s my personal view on life.
Luckily, my family loves spontaneous celebrations, and get-togethers, as well as trying out new things. It certainly doesn’t need to be anything major, because even small changes can make a big difference on how you feel at the end of the day.
Create your best holiday memories
Nonetheless, I find a change of scenery always inspiring. Holidays are a special time of the year that can cost a lot of money. So, it’s important that we come back with great memories to carry us through until our next holiday.
It doesn’t take long to get back to the rat race
Unfortunately, it doesn’t take long before we settle back into our daily routine, and our holiday seems like a distant memory. Within a couple of weeks, we are back to focusing on work targets, and organising our lives. I certainly feel like that after a holiday, BUT thanks to modern technology, we’re able to capture those precious memories in photos and videos.
Whenever I look back on our footage, I feel like I’m living the holiday again; remembering exactly how I felt when the ‘record’ or ‘capture’ button was pressed. I do agree that we end up creating so much data that we are then left with the challenge of not knowing where to store it all. But, if you create a ‘best of’ folder, it enables you to re-live the best moments of your life.
Do you feel overwhelmed when booking a holiday?
How do you plan your well-deserved break? Planning a holiday means spending quite a bit of time in front of your computer, or smart device, doing the research – that’s if you have decided not to book through a travel agent. This is often something we do on the go – either in the office, or on our commute home – or perhaps late at night once the kids are in bed.
Let’s face it, getting everyone to agree on where to go or what to do can be a bit of a challenge. It’s also important to consider your budget when booking a holiday. If you’re travelling as a family, it could create a quite a big dent in your bank balance, so it’s good to know well in advance how much you need to put aside.
The pros and cons of package holidays
Although I’m not a fan of all-inclusive packages, I do understand that it can make budgeting a lot easier. However, in my view, I don’t think it’s too difficult to estimate costs if you have planned your holiday yourself. It just means you need to do your planning and research in advance. It might be easier to get a holiday off the shelf, but I don’t think they are always as memorable.
What do you look for in a holiday? What are your expectations? I’ve booked various package holidays over the years, and I’ve always had a great time. However, with my website, I’m hoping that I can inspire you to plan a tailored trip to Germany. I want that you experience a wonderful time in my home country – whatever your interests.
Germany has so much to offer when it comes to special interests, including outdoor activities like paragliding, mountain biking, kite surfing, surfing, running, hiking, horse-riding, cycling, sailing, as well as food, music, wellbeing, yoga, Pilates, fashion, art, and great activities for children.
I’m convinced that if you include a hobby while on holiday, you’ll come home feeling that you’ve added some valuable time to your life. It could be anything from learning something about wine, beer, or cheese to doing a yoga course.
I’m currently creating quite a few itineraries giving you tips and ideas about the more hidden away places in Germany. Bear with me while I do the research – there’s loads to come over the next few months. Please let me know what you’re interested in so that I could maybe suggest something unusual, or recommend somewhere that you haven’t heard of before.