Although taking a trip and taking vacation both require taking time off of work that should be the only similarity. A trip can be a pleasant experience in that children are visiting parents or parents are visiting children and grandchildren. It can also be a time of sorrow such as an illness or death in the family. Trips are often taken for a job or to attend a wedding, or when long distant lovers meet. In these cases then it is assumed that the goal of the trip is to reach our destination at as expedient time as possible. We are leaving home expressly to see people that are important in our lives.
A vacation is something that most of us take as a reward to ourselves for some r and r after a hard years work. Vacations are then intended to be taken to add to our lives and not to be taken care of by people that are not in the entertainment or hotel line of work. Vacations were never intended to be spent at other people’s expense but to be spent at entertaining ourselves and taken at our own expense.
My husband and I have been quite fortunate this month as our oldest daughter and grandchildren took a trip to see us this last weekend and we are leaving this weekend to take a trip to see our youngest daughter. Just so I make myself clear, trips are as much fun and sometimes more fun than vacations. We look forward to both having our children and grandchildren visit as we do going to visit them.
In some cases we can and do take both a trip as well as a vacation. In the fact that often times when we reach our daughter’s home we then go together for a few days of travel and r and r to the Ocean. Vacations are spent with all members of a group or bunch getting together to enjoy the experience. This could be a highschool reunion, a family reunion or a college reunion. Usually with the group meeting in a common area to celebrate old memories and not at the expense of one over the other. Vacations are not intended to be taken at the expense of one’s time and trouble over the r and r of our own.
Most of us will enjoy both over the years as it is during our younger years, as a rule, that we do take trips to see family and friends, since most of us can not afford to take vacations. If we do take trips to see family or friends then it should be with the understanding that we are not all on vacation. Whenever I had people coming to visit I would make sure that the house was cleaned,the laundry done, the lawn mowed and trimmed, and all or most of the cooking done before their arrival. It would entail both making salads, casseroles, and all baking up ahead.
It just always struck me that most people that would be arriving would want to feel as though they were on vacation and so I tried to make them feel that somehow the trouble they told me not to go to had been done by a genie or some mysterious worker prior to their coming. Apparently it worked as they all left with the thinking that I did nothing other than sit on my butt while they were here so apparently that also was what I did when they were not here.
So long story short, because we are taking a trip to see our youngest daughter we will arrive at a reasonable time without feeling rushed to get there and then do our share as her guest to make sure that we all can enjoy our time together. We realize that she does not run a short order cook business and that our arrival will alter her changing her plans while we are there. It is as important to be a good guest as it is to be a good host or hostess. We can’t wait to see her!