There is a slight difference between these two. Vacation is a good getaway when you had just a bit too much, you want to take some time off, go somewhere, lay down under a palm tree and take a nice sip of your favorite tropical cocktail. Or if you are bit more adventures, you want to get some adrenaline pumping up your veins and you go hiking up on mountains, snowboarding, skiing, cliff diving, diving etc.
It’s great, you feel energized again, more motivated to go back where you came from and do your things with new vigor. Oh, I like to do this myself, every now and then, however, I prefer that traveling is more of a lifestyle, it doesn’t mean necessarily that I will travel every week or month to a different country.
I would describe it more as a certain mindset, where you can’t stay still in one place, you have cravings for unknown, adventures, new sights, new cultures, experiences, self-growth, to see and to get to know as much as you can, interact with others, listen curiously with open mind and share your story and vision of life.
A good way how to get to this state of mind is to travel to several places, but in order to experience above mentioned, it is necessary to stay at one place for a longer period of time. After a while, the whole wide world seems like home to you no matter where you are and go.
Traveling is about putting yourself in the shoes of locals. Eat their food, go to places where locals live not only top touristic spots, get to know their traditions. It’s uncertain, goes with the flow. Definitely, there will be also rocky roads along the way. It’s not like on a vacation, where you can stop your thunderous mind, relax and chill.
You end up to challenge your own self. You get out of your comfort zone more often, you push yourself harder, you experience a lot more and your vision expands. You learn to deal with complications and rise the ability to get out from suspicious, messy situations and see the good side in each one of them.
When you go back to your home country, other for short time or you settle down, these life skills will be useful on a daily basis.
Some useful websites and apps for travelers
Do you prefer traveling as a vacation or a lifestyle?