I need a vacation.
When work has become a drag…
When school has you worn down…
When family life has become monotonous…
When you’re just plain bored.
In all those situations I’ve found myself daydreaming and saying internally, I need a vacation. Get me on the next flight outta here!”
The question is – how will you respond to that little voice inside that cries I need a vacation so often?
Reactions to the I Need a Vacation Voice
Depending on your personality you may react in one of these ways:
1. The child inside.
We all have that impetuous child inside who wants things at the drop of a hat. Upon hearing the I need a vacation voice, your child persona will throw caution to the wind, immediately pack up and go without thought or care of the ramifications.
2. The worker bee inside.
The great thing about going on vacation is that you get to leave work behind. The bad thing about going on vacation is that work will be there again when you return…usually more work. Those who hate to miss work and dread the “catch-up-when-I-get-back” factor will always be hesitant to respond to the vacation voice.
3. The homebody inside.
Homebodies love the home…every aspect of it. Upon hearing the I need a vacation voice, they are likely to respond by saying, “Why do I need to go do/see/experience that? Everything I need is right here at my home?” They’ll ignore the adventure for the continued pattern of home life and the day-to-day rituals.
4. The budgeter inside.
The budgeter breaks out in a cold sweat when he or she hears I need a vacation. Their first thought isn’t about the journey it’s about the money. If they end up going, there will be no spontaneity on the trip – every expense will have been allocated in advance with no room for deviation.
5. The spender inside.
The foil to the budgeter, the spender cares so much less about the money. They will set a budget for the trip but they see vacations as a way to satisfy their spending urge. They’ll make sure to have extra money on the trip for things that “just come up.”
6. The thrill-seeker inside.
The thrill-seeker inside responds really well to the I need a vacation voice. They won’t be as impulsive as the child inside persona because they’ll want to make sure they have the right type of adventure, not just any old venture to the same old places (i.e. the beach, amusement parks). They’ll look for things off the beaten path and that give them a emotional rush. One way or another though the vacation will happen…it must to satisfy their spirit.
7. The saver inside.
Upon hearing the voice the saver inside will set a goal and begin to plan…and wait…and save…and plan…and wait…and save. They’ll be deliberate but driven as they dream of what that vacation will be like. When the time comes, they’ll enjoy it more than anyone else because they reached their goal to pay for it in cash.
8. The procrastinator inside.
The procrastinator inside can react in one of two ways to the I need a vacation voice. Either they will deflect it into the future by saying “Maybe someday I’ll go.” Or they’ll choose to go but won’t begin planning until the night before.
9. The hater inside.
Haters gonna hate…even vacations. They hate planning. They hate the travel. They hate lines of people, fast food, and overpriced attractions. They hate hotels, kid’s bickering in the backseat and boarding the family pet for a week. Good luck if you can get one to go…you’ll need the patience of Job to deal with their attitude.
10. The vacationer inside.
The vacationer inside gets it. They love to hear the I need a vacation voice because they know how to properly respond to it…with a “Yes!” They understand there is a reason your mind and body is bringing this thought to your attention…they are both longing for some downtime. The vacationer knows the many benefits that come from travel, even if it’s just for short day trips or weekends. They are mentally prepared for the hassles of vacation that often present twists and turns that require flexibility. They are willing to spend the money and endure all that for the chance to get away and be refreshed.
Where do you find yourself on this list? Summer is upon us so more than likely the voice will come calling soon. I hope you can answer it in a positive and responsible way because we all need a vacation at some point.
Oh incidentally…this will be my only post for the week because my wife and I are a combination of personalities 5, 7 and 10. I’m out…See you next Monday!
Questions: How do you typically respond when the vacation bug comes calling? Do you have more than one inside personality that responds to the I need a vacation voice? What do you hate/love about vacations? Do you have any vacations planned for the summer? Where to?