Everyone needs to relax and unwind at some point. How this is achieved is a matter of personal choice. Be it a traditional vacation to some potentially exotic foreign land or a more down to earth, less expensive activity, we all have our own method of finding recreation.
Vacation versus recreation
I’ve never experienced what you might typically call a “vacation.” Sadly, the closest I probably ever came was a trip to the beach where my band played on a Friday night after a full day at my “day job.” We then slept in a cheap motel and were off to the next gig the following day. I’m still not entirely sure what the beach looks like, so I have no true point of reference there.
Then again, you could perhaps count camping and hiking as recreation at least, if not a full fledged vacation. However, there are those who would not consider that a vacation, or relaxing at all. They might be more apt to consider it torture, due to the lack of modern conveniences.
Not being one of these unfortunate tortured souls myself, I enjoy being outdoors. I did a bit of camping and hiking when I was younger, and I can honestly say, I miss it. In fact, I find it to be rather relaxing and recreational as well. I could use this type of escape from time to time now, in fact.
A matter of perspective
Anything you enjoy doing could be considered a recreational activity. Reading, watching TV or movies, going out to a club on the weekend, all of these, and more could be considered both relaxing and recreational.
Some may not view things in this manner. Some may feel the physical act of traveling somewhere a bit distant is necessary to separate themselves from their everyday life, and find the recreation they desire.
This only drives home the point that recreation is subjective. It is simply a matter of your perspective of what is relaxing to begin with. It can then be as simple as a nice hot bath on a Saturday night, or as complex as an elaborately planned trip to Paris.
Though I do hope to one day see Chartres Cathedral in France, for now, simply curling up with a good book does it for me. Thus, a nice weekend in the woods would be a real vacation in my personal estimation. The real imperative here, is finding what you truly enjoy doing in your spare time, and simply making time to do it.