If there’s one thing every twenty-something needs, it’s time away from the office. Just this past week, John and I spent 5 days in Duck, NC with his family. Not only was it the ideal way to relax and recharge, but it also gave me the opportunity to get to know his family better since they all live in Pennsylvania.
While hanging poolside/beachside, I got to thinking about all of the elements that make a beach vacation so great (apart from the obvious not having to work for a few days). Here’s what I came up with:
Quality time with family that you might not get otherwise…While you may still see your parents often, it’s unlikely that you get to spend much time with your cousins/aunts/uncles/grandparents outside of holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas. Vacation gives you that bonus time to hang out and have fun as a family.
…And extra time with someone you love. For this particular vacation, it was spending extra time with John that was so important to me. It gave us the chance to focus on our time together and have fun as a couple.
Having an excuse to eat whatever you want. Is it just me, or do sweets and the beach go hand in hand? While on vacation, I’ll go ahead and eat ice cream everyday if I want. Additionally, I will eat pie for breakfast, lunch and probably dinner (and don’t forget about a midnight snack). The best part is that nobody can say anything about it because they will also be partaking in this delightful aspect of vacation.
Making “tough” decisions. Ex) Margarita, Corona or both? Life is rough.
Enjoying what nature has to offer. The sights and sounds of the beach are pretty unbeatable. Crashing waves, star-filled skies, beautiful sunrises/sunsets and warm, buttery sand are all some of my favorite things about the beach.
All the fun things to do. Do I even have to list them out?? Mini golf (duh), eating (double duh), shopping, water sports….you get the picture.
Curling up with a good book. Books are a staple of any vacation; I don’t think this one needs any further explanation!
All in all, our 5 days in Duck were incredible. I loved getting to know John’s family better and we had gorgeous weather. The town itself was also incredibly quaint with tons of cute shops and restaurants. I definitely recommend it if you want to go somewhere quiet and non-touristy that still has a ton of activities available if you get tired of sitting on the beach (which is incredibly unlikely, but still). 🙂