Revolve Tour Speaker Chad Eastham once said to me, “You like rules, don’t you?” I took it as a compliment. (Luci Swindoll says, “Take everything as a compliment.”) Besides, he’s right. I do rather like rules, they give me a nice, warm, secure feeling. Bearing that in mind, here are my vacation “rules” which—like most rules—are made to be broken when appropriate.
1. You must eat chocolate every day. This is not so much a rule as it is permission. I pretty much abide by this one even on non-vacation days, but when I’m off the clock I don’t feel guilty about it.
2. You may sleep as much (or as little) as you want. If you have the choice between seeing some priceless treasure and taking a nap, and what you really want to do is nap, go ahead and spend some quality time with your pillow. Better that than being cranky at the museum. The object is to relax and enjoy yourself, not check a bunch of “must-see’s” off a list. Which leads me to…
3. Pick one thing that will make the vacation a success. If I have a list of 25 things I want to see and do, and I do 24 of them, the trip is a failure. On the other hand, if I have 1 thing I really want to see/do and the rest is just gravy, then even if I only do 2 it was a successful vacation. It’s all in your perspective.
4. Play with the toys. Don’t stand back and wonder what it would be like to be the one who flies on the zip line or flirts with the guide dressed as Ben Franklin or sings on the stage during a Carnegie Hall tour. In other words, be a participant, not a bystander. Engage! It’s much more fun that way. And a corollary to that is . . .
5. Talk to people. One of my favorite memories comes from hanging out in a Laundromat in rural England chatting with a couple who had just moved into their first home. A simple question about an iron angel in Colonial Williamsburg led to a fascinating story about George Washington’s second funeral. I met a wonderful elderly couple in an Edinburgh shop who told me about their 50 (50!) years in business as well as the traditions behind my newly acquired brooch. Just ask a question—most people enjoy talking to visitors. Besides, the locals know all the best places to eat and shop and visit, as well as when to go and how to get there.
That’s it. Not a long list, but my own. What about you? Do you have vacation rules? I’d love to know what they are!