Although it’s been a few months since Glen and I went on a sojourn, we can easily recall the pleasure of our last one to Parksville and Victoria. Sojourns bring happiness in the planning and anticipation before departure, enjoyment at the destination, and in the memories to discuss once they’re over. Studies increasingly show that short getaways provide benefits equal to those of long ones. Enter mini vacations: sojourns of two to five days.
- Mini vacations put less pressure on our bank accounts, enabling us to travel more often in a year.
- If we go by automobile, the logistics are simpler. There’s no need to book months in advance with an airline. We can be flexible and pick our dates based on promising weather forecasts. By advancing our trip to Vancouver Island by a week, for instance, Glen and I missed several days of rain — which would’ve dampened our spirits when communing with nature.
- The time constraints of a quick getaway compel us to devise a tight agenda to ensure we participate in all of our desired activities, an important consideration especially if we don’t intend to revisit the destination.
- Packing made easy: it requires 15 minutes only to pack a suitcase for short trips.
- We avoid jet lag by going to places nearer to home.
- We can use these occasions to disconnect — from devices, from the anxieties of daily living, from depressing current events. Our stress levels will be reduced, at least for a time.
- New sights stimulate our minds and provide conversational fodder.
To get started, look at the different possibilities within an eight hour driving radius and note those for future getaways. Not only should we make an effort to go on vacations but taking more of them for brief periods contributes to our overall well-being. Right now San Diego lies ahead for Glen and me. We must decide whether or not to go to the zoo. While I’m not one for viewing housed animals, the World Atlas ranks the San Diego Zoo number one in the world. Thank you, readers, for offering your opinion on this attraction — and any others you may want to mention.
Trips of all lengths come to an end; the wonderful memories remain. •
P.S. Don’t read this piece as an argument against long vacations. If our wallets can oblige and our inclinations lead us afar, maxi vacations also accrue significant benefits.