Life is meant to be fun. It doesn’t go anywhere it just is, in this very moment. It is easy and effortless, but by waiting for something you rarely recognize it for what it is.

2022 vacation planning 

This morning I've finished my vacation planning for this year. I have in total 24 days of vacation per year and I've earned 3 days so far. My life is closely related to my girlfriend which is far from me. I would like to see her every 2 months.

She will come at the end of April and I will take 2 weeks (10 vacation's days). We will go to Mayan Riviera for 8 nights stay in five stars hotel.

Next, in July, I would like to see her for a weekend somewhere in Europe, maybe Amsterdam, Vienna, Prague anywhere where she has a good travel connection. I will take then 1 vacation day.

My niece is getting married in September and I will travel to Serbia then. Again I will take an apartment in Belgrade and stay for a 3 weeks (14 vacation days, September 6th is a non working day in Canada)

And I will still have 3 vacation days left (maybe I will earn 2 or 3 more during a year) and that I am planning to spend for Christmas and New Year in Serbia again.

This is 2022 vacation plan and I need to have money for all this. I have to be more financially responsible and save money here in Toronto meaning not going out and spending like crazy but be more careful taking care not to go into debt.

What would you do if you have a money and free time?

Oh never mind, the first thing you have in mind is to travel: “Oh, I’d love to see New York!”, Paris, Australia, Zanzibar. Or Whateverland. You want to stroll down through well known avenues or hang out on a faraway beach, maybe drinking some tropical, sweet cocktails.

I have a friend who read Eat, Pray, Love, which is a story about a woman’s travels and as soon as she finished the book, she got online and made reservations to go to visit the same countries. I have another friend who read 50 Shades of Gray and as soon as he finished the book, he got online... oh well, that is another story not for this blog.

Hey, how about my neighbor? He is a wealthy sixty something man, doing a lot of traveling. He spend more time on the airports and hotels in a month than me in a whole year. But if you ask me, he is a completely nut case.

Do you like to travel?

It appears that everyone likes travel and you're not an exception. Well, I’m the only who doesn’t love it which makes me what - a freak, in a way. It’s like hating Christmas (which I admit I do) or weddings (which I despise) or kittens (which I don't hate. Who hates kittens? Fuck!).

It took me a long time to admit that I don't like to travel. In fact, I'm pretty close to saying I hate it. For years I said I liked it without really thinking about it, because I had the vague sense that it was part and parcel of being an educated, intelligent person. Right now I'm pretty sure that I'm not so intelligent so I can freely say if I have to travel, it mostly feels like punishment.

I can't stand air flights

It is just waiting. First you wait to give your suitcases and to get a boarding pass. Then you wait to enter the plane, then you wait for take off. Then you sit in a dirty plane smelling dirty socks, looking at the small screen until your eyes hurt you...

When you arrive, you wait to get out, then you wait border control and your suitcases. If all is without any problems you were waited almost 10 hours from Toronto to Amsterdam. People call this traveling.

I do travel as you se in my planning, of course. I like seeing my family and friends, and if that involves travel, then fine. I can cope with the horror of flying for the fun of visiting my home country. 

I also manage to get out of the house. I like day trips and walking because I am so happy to be back in my own home at night. I don't like overnight trips - two days of activities and one night in a strange bed. I can't stand it. It completely ruins my daily schedule and morning yoga practice.

Why does travel matters?

It's very common belief that the traveling, seeing other places and passing through the experience matters. I heard it before, "we are here, we're living this life to gain experience".

No my friend, you are living this life because you don't have anything else to do. At the end of your life you will forget everything, but I'll not about it.

You want to travel because you are simply bored with your daily dull and uneventful life. As for me, I am travelling to see and be with my girlfriend.