In this article, we show you how you can squeeze every bit of enjoyment from your getaway. You may have already heard the term, “time is a luxury” and not everyone is able to escape to a getaway often. Life constantly gets in the way of things so it’s important to get as much as you can when you finally have the chance to get away from it all. You really shouldn’t take these moments for granted.
If you really think about it, there’s no such thing as wasting time when you’re on vacation. If you aren’t doing anything, then you can just count that as relaxing time.
But if you don’t end up exploring as much as you could have or should have, consider this activity next time you plan your weekend getaway.
Photos, Photos, Photos
Take pictures of everything. Snap a shot of your amazing lunch, the locals, and the landmarks. And don’t forget to take photos of your honey.
Try to enlist the help of some kind strangers so that you can have pictures of you and your partner together. Something I like to do when I get home is compile all of my favorite photos and make a collage or two.
This makes it easier to share with friends without flooding their online Facebook or Twitter feeds and timelines.
If you’re more of the creative type, you can even print out your photos and make a scrapbook.
There are some great digital cameras that do everything you’ll need for a weekend getaway, here are the one’s I recommend:
Take Videos Too
Some moments need more than one frame. Taking videos is another way to make sure that you are getting the most out of your vacation. These videos will allow you to relive the moment whenever you feel like you’re getting stressed out at work. By recording your favorite moments, whether it’s on photo or video, you’re extending your vacation. Watching the videos is like stepping into a time machine.
Need some ideas for a new video camera? Here are some that we really like:
- iPad Mini 16GB WiFi Tablet – recently purchased this great tablet and I don’t go anywhere without it – 1080p video, image stabilization, a still camera and access to directly upload to Youtube account or send to friends/family via WiFi (that is just the camera related things, the iPad Mini can do it all).
- GoPro Hero 3 – if your the active couple that enjoys sports and outdoors, the GoPro Hero 3 is perfect. It’s rugged, durable, has 1080p (HD) capability and built in wifi.
- Sony HDR HandyCam – great all around video camera for the price.
Having an itinerary is a smart idea. I usually plan my trips ahead and choose which places I want to go to with a list of addresses. But if I see something else that looks interesting, I would drop some items in the list. Look out for street performances or shows.
On one trip, we wound up in a bar holding its weekly open mic night and some of my friends dove right in. I was too chicken to do it and I kind of regret it now. Spontaneity isn’t just for vacations, you should try to be spontaneous everyday, even when you aren’t on vacation.
Apart from your camera, try to live without technology. Disconnect yourself from the internet, particularly your email. Try to stay away from TV as well. Music is alright for when you’re relaxing at the beach or in front of the fireplace (depending on your location) but staying in your hotel watching sitcoms, reality TV, cartoons or the game is a big no-no.
In general, staying away from technology unless absolutely necessary, is a good idea. There are other things to do out there that are far more interesting than looking up shows online.
Always remember these things the next time you go on a trip. Don’t let that refresh time go to waste go out there and instead do something unique and creative.