The Art of taking a Vacation

Is the art of taking a vacation is endangered by our modern “always- connected” lifestyles.

July and August is the time of the year that many people in the northern hemisphere take a vacation.  A vacation is defined as “an extended period of recreation, especially one spent away from home or in traveling”.  The word vacation comes from the Latin word “vacatio” which means “freedom, and release from occupation” and the word “vacare,” which means “empty.”

Jiccaro Island, Nicaragua
This could be a good place to “empty” your mind and “reset”. The dock at Jicaro Island Ecolodge on the Isletas of Granada in Nicaragua.

Do you remember the days when the office was the only place that you could have access to your work?  The good old days of opening letters and receiving a fax once in a while and answering phone calls on a big clunky phone that was connected to a wall with a cable.  And when we left on vacation, we really left could not be reached.  If you are not old enough to remember, maybe you remember your parents in this kind of a work environment.

We went off to vacation in complete “freedom” and “release from occupation” and were able to “empty” our minds.  Control-Alt-Delete.  Refresh.  Ahhh….

Harmony Nosara
The Cayuga Collection Hotels offer a great opportunity to “get away from it all”. The settings invite you to disconnect or to engage in new and exciting activities such as surfing.

Things have changed a bit.  We go on vacation and are “available if something important comes up”.  We have a hard time putting down our electronic devices since a lot of our social life happens on there.  We are always “on call” and always “available”.  Every time it is harder to get away and make sure that our minds are not preoccupied with the same issues that we think about at work throughout the year.

Lapa Rios Eco Lodge
At Lapa Rios Eco Lodge on the Osa Peninsula, we don’t offer access to Wifi for our guests. If you are looking for a true “disconnect” this is the place to visit.

Here is some advice from us.  We know it is hard, but if you are able to pull it off, you will feel the difference once you are back in the real world.

  • Before your vacation, take the time to leave things in place and organized. If you have great colleagues or employees, they should be able to take care of things for up to 2 weeks for you.  Don’t blow up yourself and your ego and think that you are irreplaceable.  You are not.
  • Make sure that everybody travelling with you (spouses, kids, friends, etc) are on the same plan: As little connection to the day to day and a strong focus on getting away.
  • Why not take a break from your social media experience as well. It might be quite refreshing and a good change in routine.
  • You might suffer from withdrawal symptoms. Make sure you are prepared to face this.  It has happened to us as well.
    • Bring a book or magazines that are printed on paper.
    • Engage in activities that take you out of your comfort zone. Take a couple of surf lessons, rappel down a waterfall or go on a long hike.
    • Keep your mind occupied by learning a new language, take cooking classes or learn a handicraft.
    • Spend time with real people. Look them in the eyes, tell each other stories, laugh together, play a game and share meals.
Kura relaxation at the pool
The choice of where you choose to spend your vacation is very important. If you are looking for quiet and peace, the adult only Kura Design Villas in Uvita, Costa Rica might be just what you are looking for.

At the Cayuga Collection Hotels in Costa Rica and Nicaragua, you have the option to “disconnect” to connect.  At most of our hotels, it is your choice to decide if you want to go offline completely.  Maybe at least a few days might help.  At Lapa Rios Ecolodge in the Osa Peninsula, we don’t offer Wifi to our guests and it is a great place to do the “Control-Alt-Delete” therapy.  Take a look at what our guests have said in the past.

Santa Teresa Outdoor Shower
An important part of a vacation are things that you normally don’t do at home. How about a private shower under the rain forest canopy next to the Ocean at Latitude 10 Resort in Santa Teresa?

We will continue to talk about this topic in the next blogs and explore the art of vacationing a bit further.   What can a vacation do for you?  How you need to pay attention to the things you think about and learn during your vacations.  They can make a very positive difference in your day to day back at work.  Stay tuned…

Manuel Antonio and Playitas Lunch
The concept of vacationing as a family is very important. But please, everybody leave the electronic devices for a while. At a place like Arenas del Mar in Manuel Antonio, there is so much to do that it will be easy for everybody to be “offline” for a few days.



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