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National Plan for Vacation Day

Posted: January 28, 2020

By: Tom Malinowski, Middle School Librarian

The Go-Go’s sang it best in their song, “Vacation”:
“Vacation, all I ever wanted
Vacation, had to get away”

According to the Oxford English Dictionary:
A vacation is an extended period of leisure and recreation, especially one spent away from home or traveling.
A staycation is a vacation spent in one’s home country rather than abroad, or one spent at home and involving day trips to local attractions.

And just for good fun, Urban Dictionary goes so far as to define a sleepcation, which is an escape to a resort or perhaps just a quiet local hotel to sleep and rest.

Today is National Plan for Vacation Day!

Regardless which “cation” you choose, it is vital to make time to get out there and experience new challenges. Here are just a few reasons why.

Better Sleep

Did that get you excited? When we’re away from the worries of work and home tasks, we’re inherently more relaxed, which leads to better sleep. Whether boat, cabin, tent, mansion, or a friend’s couch, sleeping somewhere other than your own bed, paired with sleeping in, can be a great reward. Sleepcations are on the rise!

More Perspective

If you visit a new place, your horizons will broaden and you will gain a better understanding of the local culture, no matter where you go. If you want an egg-cellent new adventure, try Zenica, Bosnia, where every March or during spring hundreds of eggs are cooked in huge pots and given out for free to celebrate the start of a new season.

Increased Happiness

Getting ready to visit a new locale or explore something new can create anticipation and bring many smiles. Taking a breath from our regular “rigamarole” is important and necessary.

Adventures don’t happen unless you plan them. Not sure where to go or what to do? Know that the library has plenty of books, maps, and resources to help you plan or enjoy your next vacation/staycation/sleepcation!