pub note May

Karl Teel

A change of location and use of time are the fundamentals of vacation. We all need a break from routine to reset the mind, avoid becoming mundane, stimulate the soul, spend time together, shed some daily responsibilities and bathe yourself in things that please you rather than things that are required of you. That certainly explains the change of time usage. What about change of place?

Many of us, as well as many of our family members, spent a good amount of time recently with a change of time usage and space with school cancellations, continuing education online, tele-working, or in some cases being laid off — whether temporary or permanent. It certainly wasn’t a vacation for two reasons: we didn’t shed any responsibilities as even the unemployed sought to find other employment or financial relief.

The deck of cards was certainly shuffled, but a change in your use of time and where you did things clearly wasn’t anything at all like a vacation. It didn’t bring about a sense of rejuvenation or relaxation. It may have brought a sense of adventure, but certainly not the sort you’d seek in a vacation. The same can be said about learning something new. Some things you can’t change or control, other things you can. That’s one chief difference. On a vacation you choose where you go and what you do within reasonable financial and physical parameters.

On the positive side, family bonds seemed to experience an uptick as they were kept together and there was a rediscovery of some simple pleasures such as dining and cooking together, playing games or taking walks in parks.

Perhaps one of the largest differences is the change of space. No wonder so many people travel. After all this staying at home and avoiding crowds, I can only imagine the pent up demand our nation will be experiencing. And talk about being able to vacation guilt free — no doubt many of those pesky projects on the to-do list finally got done! As travel restrictions begin disappearing and social distancing becomes a more distant part of our past, there will be a lot of immediate changes to many people’s travel plans. Some new trends will be emerging: near-cations will become more common as folks try to avoid planes. Many stir-crazy folks experienced some change of scenery and kept with social distancing by experiencing the outdoors and an appreciation of the wilderness — which, thankfully WAS contagious. Low population density areas suddenly became much more attractive, and within that, people are developing a fancy to experience more of it.

Sure, this is an attempt to find the silver lining in the cloud, but we always pride ourselves in the ability to find ways to make our readers’ lives better. It’s what we do. Enjoy!

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