Recently I have had a few trips away. I went to Florida in March and New York in April. Both total treats to myself and I’m very lucky to have had the opportunity to go on these trips. You might have noticed, too, that helloIsabelle.com came back pretty quickly during these travels. Turns out going on holiday is awesome and it was really good for me.
I know that I can't jump on a plane and head off to the sun every time I want to but here is what traveling has meant for me;
1. A break.
I haven’t had more than 4 days off work since I started working. So there was that. But I also have this terrible habit of not fully relaxing. I either try to break but I end up doing little bits here and there. Or, this is worse but I do it still, I work but I procrastinate so that my day is just a continuous string or little bits and watching youtube videos.
Going on an actual by definition holiday meant I was having an actual real break. And it made me realise how important that is. Having dedicated break periods and chilling out, doing things for fun is so needed for your mind. It’s just a shame we can’t always have two weeks in Florida whenever we need it though right!?
2. New Experiences.
Both trips to Florida and New York were new in different ways for me. I’d never been to Florida and the times I spent in New York before were as an out and out tourist who didn’t stop.
Florida was flat out to the point I experienced Epic Illness of April 2016 but it was worth it (ok, in post illness hindsight, it was mostly worth it). We did so much; Cirque Du Soleli, The Blue Man Group, an early morning safari, 9 theme parks, crazy restaurant experiences (I ate with Zebra, Disney princesses, Winnie the Pooh and the Queen of Hearts) and I met Chewbacca (shorter than expected, I fear he wasn’t the real one). Getting to experience so much was such a huge privilege and I had so much to take back home with me. New ideas and inspirations, a reconnect with the things I enjoyed.
New York was much more chilled. I didn’t have a huge agenda as I’d been Definite Tourist before. I walked the High Line in the sun, read in Central Park, visited MoMA and The Deep End Club, ate cheesecake for dinner on 2 occasions and watched 6 Broadway shows in 5 days. I got asked for directions twice. I loved the art I saw in its natural, visual and performed forms.
It’s an obvious statement to say that being somewhere new means you do new things you wouldn’t have done at home. I had a fresh dose of inspiration on both trips and I realized stepping away and looking at things in a new way is both meaningful and beneficial to growth and productivity.
A mixture of the above things meant that I came back ready to launch into what I really wanted to do. It was very reaffirming for me to be away from everything. Walking around (in the sun!) I found myself thinking things like ‘this is it, this is what I want to be able to do’ and ‘I have to do this more’ and ‘When I get back I need to get back to creating and blogging – oh shit like I actually really want to get back to creating and blogging.’
I experienced life a little differently for a while and it made me realise what was important to me.
Have you had any great trips recently? Tell me about them below or tweet me here