When Vacations Turn Out To Be Work By Lola Smith Depending on a person's budget and their vacation destination, haven't you noticed that taking a vacation actually becomes work? There are people in the world who are fortunate enough to take grand vacations where everything is planned for them and there is no budget they have to follow, but for everyday people, this is not the case. A vacation, or holiday as it is sometimes called, is a specific activity or trip. You plan with your family or friends to run off to some far location to spend a few days away from home and your job so you can clear your head of the normal day-to-day routine and the stresses of your daily life. Destinations can be as wonderful as flying to Hawaii or trekking through Europe for a week or visiting Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Other vacations could simple be visiting Disney World with your family, visiting relatives in another state for a few days or packing up at tent and a fishing pole and going up to the mountains to catch a few fish and sitting around a campfire. No matter where one chooses to spend their vacation, there are plans that must be made. Travel plans, hotel plans, budget plans, activities plans, and the list goes on and on. Let's not forget having to request vacation time from work prior to vacationing and scheduling the whole family's busy daily schedule to all come together so time can be spent in unison. So you are off on your vacation. It is a road trip or a fun day of flying and then eventually there it is right in front of you, your destination! You can feel your excitement building as you envision the days ahead of running around like a kid in a candy store. There is so much to do, so much to see, new people to meet, new foods to try and/or so many people to catch up with! This is the only part of vacations that is the true element of vacations. Then it's time to return home. Everything is done in reverse as you make your way back home. And when you get home, guess what? There is unpacking to do, there are bills to sort because you overspent on your vacation and there are days after vacation with which you are trying as hard as you can to get back into the swing of things. This is the part of vacation that is the most difficult for me. The return home. Vacations are needed in our lives. They are the escape that we need from time to time just to put things in perspective and allow us to know that life is not all about work and schedules and routine. Life is about going off on adventures and exploring the world whether it be halfway around the world or an hours drive up the mountain to spend a few days out in nature. Happy vacationing no matter where you go or what you do. Take that break! You deserve it!