Planning Ahead

Summer’s here - take a break

May 26, 2014 

Summer is nearly here and it is time to plan your vacation. Yes, we continue to have a difficult economy and many of us are working harder and longer hours for less pay, but a vacation is important.

It is important for you, your family and your work.

If you have ever cut a lot of wood, you know that sharpening your chain makes the work a lot easier. It is also true that a well-maintained vehicle is less likely to break down and will run more efficiently. People cannot work at peak efficiency and creativity without taking some time to step back, put the phone away, turn off the computer and just relax.

If you step away from work, even for a few days, you allow your mind to unwind and your body to relax. When you return to work you will bring a fresh perspective and creative solutions that time constraints at work do not often allow. There are so many benefits to taking some time off that I could not possibly list them all.

Most importantly though, a family vacation can strengthen bonds at home that work, school and life’s daily challenges can often strain.

This last benefit, strengthening family bonds, cannot be emphasized enough. As a father of three young adults, I am painfully aware of just how fast children grow up. Although my children are now 19, 21 and 25, it seems like only yesterday they were little kids playing on the edge of the surf at the beach. Back then, they would cling to my shoulders to jump the waves. They were content to make sand castles and play Skee ball at the arcade.

Vacation does not have to be expensive. You do not have to travel overseas or at a fancy resort. Many state parks rent affordable and well maintained cabins. In South Carolina you can go to southcarolinaparks.reserveamerica.com to search for camping, cabins and lodging reservations at South Carolina State Parks. For more sites, you can search recreation.gov.

With the Web so readily available, we often overlook a great resource, travel agents. Although there is often a small charge for airfare, when booking driving vacations there is no additional cost. Most importantly, if you or someone you are traveling with has special needs (care, diet, or pets) a travel agent can be invaluable.

Regardless of where you go or how you complete your plans, take a vacation this year. Sharpen your mind and replenish your creativity. Most importantly, spend time with friends and family. Good relationships bring us the most joy and happiness in life. Take some time and drink in that happiness.

You can reach Advisory Representative Bob Condron at 548-8875 or bcondron@bridgefp.com.

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