The photo above was taken at the Grand Lucayan resort in the Bahamas – check out my Insta @timmiewellness to see all of my vacation pics!
Last weekend, I returned from an EPIC 2 week vacation with my hubby.
It’s been at least a few years since hubs and I have been on vacation by ourselves (sans kids), and this was our first time going on a cruise AND staying at an all-inclusive resort – ever!
Ours was a Grand Celebration cruise package, which included 4 nights in Fort Lauderdale, FL, 2 nights on board the cruise, and 2 nights at the Grand Lucayan in the Bahamas. If you’re going on a Grand Celebration vacation and want some tips from someone who’s actually done it, feel free to email me at hello [at] timmiewanechko.com 🙂
I really missed the ocean, so I was really anticipating this trip! When I was growing up in Hong Kong, we lived on the 30th floor of a building that was right by the ocean. I remember standing by the ocean edge as a child, getting lost in the sound of the waves crashing against the rocks.
But, while there were lots of beaches in Hong Kong, they weren’t very clean (understatement of the century). Until this trip, I had never seen white sandy beaches or crystal clear turquoise water before!
For those of you who’ve been there, you know what a sight the Atlantic Ocean is to behold. I couldn’t believe that the beaches (especially in the Bahamas) actually looked like they do in the postcards – as if my eyes were playing some kind of Photoshop trick on me! And considering it was overcast for half of our stay, that’s saying something.
My hubs and I spent as much time as we could swimming in the ocean. We also did lots of nature walks, including a cave tour in the Bahamas and the trail in Birch State Park in Ft Lauderdale. It was the perfect mix of nature therapy and modern-day luxury.
While frolicking in Mother Ocean (maybe not so much frolicking as flailing; we actually experienced lots of wind and hurricane threats, leading to very choppy waters), I had lots of insights and a-ha moments. Here are my Top 3…
Go With the Flow
Oh, I know – so cheesy, but before you skip this one, hear me out. Yes, you can definitely control much of your life, particularly your responses to situations as well as your perspective. But if something’s going to happen, it’s going to happen. You ultimately have to surrender to the flow of the Universe.
Ergo, if a huge wave is coming at you, there’s no stopping it. You can choose to either rise to the occasion, ride the wave, let it push you back, and then swim forward when it’s safe to do so… OR you can fight it and end up blinded with burning salt water up your sinuses. If it’s gonna happen, it’s gonna happen, so you may as well ride it out gracefully.
Newsflash: It’s Okay to Relax!
When you’re on vacay, not only is it normal for you to lie back and do nothing, it’s EXPECTED of you.
When we were on the beach, I spent lots of time just sitting and looking out, soaking up my surroundings. Isn’t that what we call meditating? I meditated SO MUCH during this vacation, as I’m sure everybody else did as well.
And you know what I realized? I don’t need to pay for that experience. I am totally allowed to just sit down on my own couch in my home and DO NOTHING. Soaking up my surroundings, breathing deeply, just chillaxing… That’s what made my vacation so therapeutic.
That peace that I experienced was not caused by being in some special place, but rather by allowing myself to pause, wake up, and see things as they were without judging. I am worthy of that experience in my domestic, everyday life. It is totally okay to relax 🙂
It’s Easier to Cultivate a Vacation State of Mind When You’ve Actually EXPERIENCED a Vacation
That being said, creating an optimal environment for awareness and meditation certainly helped to boost my experience!
I spent the last few years telling myself that I didn’t need to travel/go on vacation/leave my area to experience a peace, because after all, vacations are a state of mind, right? I told myself that I was just too tired from traveling so much as a child that as an adult I wanted to just stay put and relax.
Well, maybe that was true then, but now I’ve got mad wanderlust and I’ve decided that I’m going to be a frequent flier, baby!
Look at it this way: you attend cooking classes so that you can take those skills back home with you and apply them in your everyday meals, NOT just so you can cook only when you’re in class!
Immersing yourself in an environment conducive to whatever it is you want to achieve is a great way to learn a bunch of skills quickly, but always remember to take those skills home with you and APPLY them.
In this case, vacations teach you to relax, be curious, befriend new people, and try new things. Correct me if I’m wrong, but wouldn’t your life change for the better if you did all of the above regularly?
I said it when I came back from Vegas, and I’m saying it again: I will be doing this REGULARLY! For realsies. This is not going to be one of those “one-off” trips; my famjam and I are going to be lounging about in lots of different paradises, because that is the lifestyle I decided we are going to have.
Yes, traveling take lots of money and time, but just like anything, if you really want it, you’ll make it happen.
Here’s to you and your dreams becoming manifest 🙂