Long weekend’s here and almost everyone I know is out of town for vacation. Most American holidays are 3 day weekends except for Thanksgiving when we get 4 days; but occasionally we get lucky when the 4th of July falls on either Tuesday or Thursday making it a 4 day holiday weekend. This year is one of those and although its a 4 day weekend, I ain’t got any big plans. No bag packing, no camping, no flying, no traveling.
Don’t get me wrong, I love traveling, I love vacationing but just not when the whole country is out traveling too. I like to do it at my own pace during the time that best suits me. At a time when I can take a road trip without worrying about running into bumper to bumper traffic or where I don’t have to worry about booking a campground or a lodge months in advance; where I can go to a tourist spot without having to worry about finding a parking. And that is why I always stay at home during most long weekends, unless I am visiting family or friends.
I have traveled close to 30 states and none of it was done during national holidays. During holidays, I like to relax at home, read a book, draw a painting, do a backyard BBQ, get my hair cut, eat brunch at a new restaurant and whatever else I don’t find time to do during regular weekend. It seems like a fair deal to me. Most locals are out which means less crowd at my local restaurants or the salon or even the nearest park or beach. It’s like having the whole neighborhood to yourself.
The only part I don’t like about this is answering to my colleagues who ask what are my plans for the weekend. I hate having to explain to them that its ok to not have any plans; that its ok to stay at home. That the world doesn’t turn upside down if I don’t travel during holidays. Some times I even make up things that I plan to do just to avoid answering more questions.
You don’t have to follow the crowd, no matter how much out of the norm it feels like. Do what’s best for you and most importantly, do what makes you happy.