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A Weekender: The Do-Nothing Vacation

Categories Personal, Social, Travel

I’ve had my share of domestic and international travel. Some activity or event filled every waking moment. It’s exciting to explore and take advantage of the time you have in a new “world,” but it can also be overwhelming while you’re on vacation for whatever the reason.


Little Things

I come from a family who liked to capitalize to “grandeur” events. Long, expensive vacations. History-book tourist traps. Things that make much less fortunate people go, “I wish I could afford to do that.”

I became one of those “less fortunate people” because I chose to move out at 18 and was pretty much super broke until right after I was legal to drink. Which was pretty much around the same time I was living near the Honda Center and kinda able to kinda afford hockey tickets. Even then, I was living by the check.

(Living by the check is a very common out here in general).

Hockey games, amusement parks, bar-hopping, comic conventions, and kayaking were my getaways in my 20s. At least it was this way while I was living in Orange County.

When I moved to Los Angeles, my life changed a lot. I was more inland, so anything near the beach was extremely tedious to plan with the east-to-west traffic. Let me add that prices for things here are a lot more inflated than Orange County.

With that, kayaking was out of the picture for a bit. Bar-hopping came to a slow, if not an immediate halt, except for work-related outings. Soon enough, comic conventions slowly disappeared.

Nonetheless, hockey games slowly trickled in and out of my life when my neighbour and I became good friends. When I wasn’t at a game, I made a habit to visit my regular bar to catch a broadcast. I eventually stuck to watching at home because I was tired of fending off weirdos.


Simplifying the Reason

I think there’s a lot less pressure to be 100% booked on a weekender, especially if you’re doing what I’m doing and planning trips based around one or two hockey games.

It wasn’t until I hit about 29 or 30 that I surprisingly began to understand that doing nothing or doing something incredibly simple is as healthy as being productive… all in moderation, of course. I forget how I decided to adapt to the whole, “Okay, we’re just going to roll with the notions.”

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