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4 Tips for Making Your Vacation Meaningful

It’s time to plan your next vacation (and of course we want you to book a charter aboard Take Me There for your next vacation!), but if you decide to do something other than a sailing charter, we really hope you’re thinking about making your vacation meaningful.

making a vacation meaningful aboard take me there

Meaningful? What’s that? You’re right- most people do not think about meaningful as a way to describe their vacation. Most of the time people choose to think about having a fun vacation, a relaxing trip, or an adventurous journey. Meaningful is not usually the first word that comes to mind. So why should you care about making your vacation meaningful?

Making your vacation meaningful is really all about planning a trip that makes an impact on your life, has a lasting impression on others’ lives (especially your children), and has the potential to change you. The added bonus is that by making your vacation meaningful you usually end up having more fun, being more relaxed, and making more positive memories.

Ok, so that describes what a meaningful vacation is, but WHY should you care about making it meaningful? Great question! Wherever you go and whatever you do on vacation, you are going away for a reason, right? You are usually taking a vacation to see new sights, escape from the current routine, visit with family and friends, or just rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul. Whatever the reason you are taking a vacation, why not get the most out of the time and money that you are investing in this trip?

Making your vacation meaningful elevates the perceived worth of your vacation (Wouldn’t you like all your vacations to be worth a million dollars?), increases the significance of the experiences in your life (Isn’t it great that your kids talk about certain vacations years later?), and has the potential to transform that way you think about things or interact with the world (Wouldn’t it be amazing to come back from vacation with new perspectives?)

So now that you have an idea of what a meaningful vacation is and why you would be interested in making your vacation meaningful, now let’s look at HOW to do it.

Many other folks who write about making vacations meaningful come from the perspective of the activities to engage in that would make your vacation meaningful like going on a mission trip, spending time in nature, engaging with people in different cultures, or buying products that are locally made. My perspective on making your vacation meaningful comes from within yourself rather than what you choose to do. Whether you choose to go hiking, visit new cultures, be with nature or take the kids to Disney World, making a meaningful vacation will enhance your fun factor, and change the way you look at many activities in your life, not just how you take a vacation.

Here is a bit of background on the origin of these 4 tips for making a meaningful vacation. For the last 7 years, I have created an intention to guide my thoughts and perspectives during that year. I set the intention on January 1 each year, and then let that intention guide me as I move through the events of that year. It has been uncanny how each of these intentions almost seemed to be a premonition or a divine inspiration of what was needed to survive and thrive during that upcoming year.

meaking a meaningful vacation by creating intentions

For example, when I determined my 2020 intention to Create Balance, I had no idea that we would be facing the world COVID pandemic and there would be an urgent emotional need to create a balance between staying safe and maintaining connections with family and friends. Or the balance that was needed when Steve and I were renovating Take Me There at the same time that my dad was dying of cancer. Repeating the intention to Create Balance over and over reminded me to not make decisions that were so lopsided that I forgot the importance of the other responsibilities and passions in my life.  This intention, as with all the other year’s intentions, helped me to remain mindful of my thoughts, deliberate in my actions, and grounded in my goals.

When we took our two-month RV vacation this past summer, I had plenty of downtime to reflect and allow my mind to wander in ways that I don’t usually get to. The last several years’ intentions kept coming to mind as we really immersed ourselves in the delights of new places and visiting with family and friends. After returning home, I realized how meaningful this trip was to us and our family and how the past few years’ intentions were the guiding principles of making our vacation meaningful. We hope you find these tips helpful as you move toward making meaningful vacations for you and your family.

making a meaningful vacation by enjoying a place of peace

1. Find Joy – In 2015, my grandmother died and my world was forever changed. Even though I was 49 years old, age does not matter when you lose someone important to you. I was not only sad, I felt lost, insignificant, and guilty that I was enjoying life without my grandmother. I was in a dark and gloomy place. My 2016 intention was to Find Joy to help me reevaluate my feelings about my grandmother’s death and to help me find joy in my life again.

When we were on vacation this past summer, there were things that happened that I did not plan for that had the potential to make me feel frustrated, rushed, or disappointed.  Reservations were unexpectedly canceled, it rained on days that we planned to be outside, and plans were suddenly changed. By reminding myself to Find Joy, I was able to divert my attention away from potential disappointments and refocus on new delights.

Finding joy in order to make a vacation meaningful

We ended up jumping in mud puddles, tasting new dishes at unknown restaurants, and discovering waterfalls that were off the beaten path. Possible disappointments were not even on the horizon, but instead, surprising joys were found. The process of staying focused on finding unforeseen joys created amazingly meaningful memories. Are there moments when finding joy would have contributed toward making your vacation meaningful?

2. Make Space – In 2014, 3 years after we got married, Steve and I moved from our 2500 square foot house into Take Me There, 420 square feet. I’m not going to lie, living in closer quarters was a huge adjustment. Tighter living spaces were a clear physical reminder that we needed to make space for each other. But making space was bigger than our physical dwelling. My 2015 intention to Make Space inspired me to make space for more of Steve’s unconventional ideas, his hobbies, and his opinions.

When on vacation, it’s easy for one person to drive the events of the day and the others to tag along just to be together. Allowing everyone in the group to choose an event, a restaurant, or an activity prompts us to compromise, exposes us to different things, and motivates us to prioritize the ideas of the people that are important to us. Making Space for everyone’s plans and passions supports making your vacation meaningful so that everyone feels included and an important part of the vacation planning. Making space means putting the ideas of others ahead of your own and allowing their ideas to take priority. Are there moments during your vacations when making space for others’ wishes would have made for a meaningful vacation?

Make space in order to make a vacation meaningful

3. Create Balance – I’ve already mentioned the personal background of Creating Balance in 2020. During our two-month vacation this past year, we recognized the importance of creating balance when we were going 90 miles an hour day after day exploring new places that we had not seen before. It’s no wonder we were exhausted at the end of the day. This exhaustion left us with little energy to enjoy quiet time with each other. After many days of exploring to the point of near lifelessness, we realized we were checking a lot of sights off our list, but we were not really finding the joy in the experience.

Creating Balance reminded us that we needed to set priorities for each day as to the most important sights or events and allocate time for rest, and quiet time. Extending yourself and your family to the point of collapse is not only not fun but can leave you irritable or short-tempered, which can ultimately lead to undesirable memories. This naturally detracts from making your vacation meaningful.  Reminding yourself to create balance prompts you to set priorities which include rest and downtime.

Creating balance in order to make a vacation meaningful

4. Be Still- Being still is my current intention for 2022. As somewhat of an extreme extrovert, my mind, my mouth, and my body work overtime. I am constantly thinking of the next thing I’m going to do or say. Sometimes an overactive mind (and mouth) is not always a good thing. I find that I can often interrupt people or spend more time thinking about what I am going to say rather than listening to what others are saying. This intention has been so beneficial to me.

Prompting myself to Be Still gives me the permission I need to shut off my brain, my body, and my voice. I can allow myself to enjoy the tranquility found in stillness. I don’t need to fill in every empty space of time in a conversation with endless chatter or fill up every moment of the day with activities. I can just be still. I must admit that it is often difficult to do this.

Making a vacation meaningful and intentional by being still

Have you ever been so busy with work, family, home life, volunteering, and all your other responsibilities that you have trouble shutting things off? Do you find that the first few days of vacation are difficult because your mind is still focused on work or other obligations? Do you ever feel guilty because you feel like you are “doing nothing”? Being still is not “doing nothing”. It is knowingly respecting the space that lies between. The space between two people, two events, two thoughts, or two entities. There is something freeing about being still. In yoga, this concept is known as savasana, a time to let go of the distractions of the body and simply rest. And isn’t resting our soul what making a meaningful vacation is all about?

Sometimes, it seems that we return from vacation feeling more worn out or depleted than when we left. A meaningful vacation focused on finding joy, making space, creating balance, and being still found us feeling rejuvenated and connected when we returned home from vacation. How do these tips resonate with you? How do you think that focusing on these tips would make your vacation meaningful? We hope you enjoy making your vacation meaningful! We’d love to hear all about it!

 

Florida Sky

The Emotional Vibes of Florida Skies as experienced aboard Take Me There!

Good afternoon sailing friends! While last week’s blog described my amazing shrimp ceviche recipe and was created especially for my foodie friends, this week’s post is for my emo friends; the ones that I sit and have deep loving conversations with while we laugh and shed a few tears. Even if you are not one of those people, you will still appreciate the photos of Florida skies included in this post so hang in there with me for just a few minutes.

Like many of you, I’m one of those people that use my phone to take pictures, and more pictures, and more pictures and don’t even think about how many images are being accumulated until I get the dreaded message that I am out of storage space. UGH!! While I do not look forward to the technical process of clearing out my phone, I am inspired by the opportunity to revisit meaningful moments over the last few years. Like this one taken of Steve and me just a few months ago.

Steve and Kimberly excited for the Dry Tortugas

Steve and Kimberly aboard Take Me There

The chance to revisit photos provides the opportunity to look at them through a different lens. While I was recently reviewing my camera roll and deciding which pictures to move to my computer, I was drawn to the emotions that I was feeling as I looked at the Florida skies during various sailing charters. The emotional vibes that were stirred from these photos of Florida skies was a bit overwhelming. How is it that pictures containing various amounts of clouds, sun, and sky could arouse such incredible emotional vibes? While we all realize that a picture says a thousand words, pictures also tug at our heartstrings and have the possibility of stirring up powerful emotions. I feel that way when I look at this picture of Take Me There that was taken a few years ago.

Take Me There at sunset

We have all oohhed and ahhhed over beautiful sunsets, but have you ever dug deeper and considered the breadth and depth of the emotions that are being summoned up by these visual cues?

Entrance to Burnt Store Marina

Like with this picture… We were entering Burnt Store Marina for the first time aboard Take Me There and we took this picture looking back over our shoulders. We said goodbye to where we had come from and were saying hello to a whole new life. We were beginning a new chapter in our lives as the operators of a sailing charter business in Punta Gorda. When I look at this picture I feel EXHILARATED! The sun was setting on a previous chapter in our lives and the next morning we would rise to a new day!

Are you ready to see more photos of Florida skies? I hope you enjoy exploring the emotions that are created by these experiences of Florida skies aboard Take Me There.

 

We look forward to creating these kinds of memories with you soon! Just say, TAKE ME THERE!

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.”  Helen Keller

Relax and enjoy the moment aboard Take Me There

5 Pros to Choosing a Sailing Charter Vacation

Is it time to start planning your next family vacation or maybe just a mini getaway for the two of you? Are you feeling a bit overwhelmed with all of your options? Where do we go? How much money do we budget for this vacation? What is the best place to go to do the things we want to do? And are we going to get the most bang for our buck? Yikes- there’s a lot to think about when it comes to planning your next vacation. It almost makes you want to throw in the towel and decide to just stay home.

BUT WAIT! You deserve that vacation, and you need a break from all the hustle and bustle of work, kids’ activities, and keeping up with the cleaning and cooking around the house. You need this getaway, and we want to make it happen for you! Here are the 5 pros to choosing a sailing charter vacation.

Reason #1: It’s time to get out of the house!

One of the top reasons for choosing a sailing charter vacation is because it is time to get out of the house. Particularly since the outbreak of Covid, many of us are feeling cabin fever and dreading being cooped up inside. Do you just feel like running out the door shouting, “I’m free”? If so, then choosing a sailing charter vacation is the perfect release for you. There is nothing like laying on the deck, looking at the stars and the moon, and experiencing the wide-open expansiveness of the water and space. It’s time to break free and there is no better way to do that than choosing a sailing charter vacation.

reasons to choose a sailing charter vacation

Reason #2: You want to try something different!

The second reason for choosing a sailing charter vacation is because it is different and unique from the other trips you have planned. When you think of Florida or if you have taken a Florida vacation what do you think of or what did you do when you came to Florida for your vacation? You probably went to the beach, enjoyed a theme park or two (or three), and visited some great beachy restaurants for seafood. But did you book a sailing charter vacation? It may not have even occurred to you that you could do that easily and inexpensively.

How much did you spend for your family at one of those theme parks? Tickets are around $150 per person and that does not include food, drinks, or parking. What if I told you that you could choose a daysail aboard Take Me There for around the same price per person and that we include all your food, drinks, and activities? Now that’s a vacation- not worrying about how often you pull out the credit card to pay for just one more thing. So now it’s time to think of Florida as the place for choosing a sailing charter vacation.

Reason #3: You do not want to plan or arrange for anything – you’re on vacation!

The third reason for choosing a sailing charter vacation is that you deserve a break from planning, preparing, organizing, scheduling, and basically being the one to make everything happen. Wouldn’t it be nice to wake up when you want to wake up, have coffee already brewing and ready for you whenever you decide it’s time for caffeine, and then breakfast arrives when you’re hungry and all the clean up is done for you and you just get to relax until the next plate of food arrives? Doesn’t that sound just heavenly? I can’t speak for other sailing charters, but that’s the way it works aboard Take Me There. You do YOU and let us do everything else.

Reason #4: There needs to be something to do for everyone!

The next reason for choosing a sailing charter vacation is because you are thinking of everyone else in your family and you want to make sure that no one is bored. Bored? On a sailing charter? Not aboard Take Me There. You can choose to lay on deck and grab some sun, hang out in the shade of the cockpit with a good book or just listen to music that’s piped in through the sound system. But wait- there’s more aboard Take Me There! You could also choose to strap on some snorkel gear and see what’s swimming around the boat or relax in the floats with your tumbler full of something cool to drink.

There’s still more- you may also decide to kayak over to an island and explore some of the sandy beaches or drop a line in the water and see what’s biting. Jumping off deck is always fun to cool off and hanging out in the hammock chairs is also a great way to relax. In the evenings we play cards or board games while snacking on sweet or salty snacks, and in the morning, we get up and do it all over again.

Reason #5: We do the sailing and you do the relaxing!

When you board Take Me There, we take care of everything for you. We do the navigating to find the best places to be, we do the sailing so you can enjoy your time on deck and in the water, we do the cooking so you can enjoy the tasty treats, and we do all the clean up so you can enjoy more down time. How many times have you returned home from vacation only to say that you need a vacation to recover from your vacation?

Well- not when you choose a sailing charter vacation aboard Take Me There. You will arrive home rested, rejuvenated, and restored back to life. So then all you have to think about is your next sailing charter vacation!  Book Now for your next sailing charter vacation! All you have to say is, “Take Me There”!

5 pros for choosing a sailing charter vacation