Summer time can be an extremely busy time, even when you’re on vacation. Making the most of it can be a challenge.
Scheduling things ahead of time can be very helpful. Campsites tend to get booked up early for popular locations so booking ahead may be necessary — especially if you have specific dates in mind.
Even if you’re not trying to camp, time is of the essence. It’s easy to just squander time. If you log on to facebook or kijiji you can kill two or three hours in no time. Instead of letting your time go to waste like that, plan an outing. It could be a simple walk in the park or a trip to a local museum or the zoo — anything to avoid the electronic time sucker.
Make dates to spend time with friends and family. They are busy, too, so if you want to see them, make sure you plan it early so you won’t be disappointed.
Even the simple things make a difference. If you have the time, have your morning coffee out on the deck. The extra vitamin D from the sun will help you feel more positive and energized for the rest of the day.
Be sure to excommunicate yourself from your job for the duration of your vacation time.
It may be tempting to keep up with your emails so they don’t build up but you will miss out on the rejuvenation that happens when you truly spend time away from the job. The vacation break is an important way to make sure you don’t burn out.
Here in Manitoba, there’s a huge array of small town fairs and festivals you could take in. For a listing of upcoming events check out http://www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/news/fair/
Manitoba also has an abundance of beautiful lakes. Many of these areas also have hiking trials with beautiful scenic look-outs and interpretive centres. What better way to keep your kids’ (and your own) minds sharp over the summer?
If you have the good fortune to be invited to stay at a friend’s cottage, be sure to be a respectful and grateful guest. Offer to bring some food and beverages. Check with them to see if they need you to bring anything. If you check at the last minute, they are sure to have discovered something they’ve forgotten. A small but thoughtful gift is also appropriate.
However you end up spending your summer, make sure you make the most of it. Don’t let your time be wasted doing mindless things. You can never recover lost time.
Camille Meub is a community correspondent for La Salle. You can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org