PRLog - May 15, 2012 - VANCOUVER ISLAND, British Columbia -- “By and large, mothers and housewives are the only workers who do not have regular time off. They are the great vacation-less class.” - Anne Morrow Lindbergh, ‘A Gift from the Sea.’
O'Brien's Tower Cliffs of Moher
Those lines were once penned by a woman recognized around the world not only because of her marriage to aviator Charles Lindbergh, but for also being the first licensed woman glider pilot in the United States. It’s safe to say that she was one of the most well travelled women of her time and yet surprisingly, those lines from her 1955 bestselling book, A Gift from the Sea,” echo her own sentiment, as well as speak for countless women in her generation.
Since then,’ We’ve come a long way, Baby’ and have long left behind an image of ourselves slaving over a hot stove in high heels, a poodle skirt and pearls. We can now vote, drive a car, establish our own credit, and enjoy ample prospects for earning our own money. What’s more, opportunities for vacations abound as we regularly take our kids on a dream Disneyland vacation to or escape with that someone special to an exotic getaway in the Bahamas.
With so many modern conveniences right at our fingertips, our lives have become infinitely easier than our mothers.
Or have they?
Anne Morrow Lindbergh wrote her book, “A Gift from the Sea” while in her fifties, at a time in her life when she finally discovers the joy of travel...on her own terms. Away from her husband and family, she arrives, suitcase in hand, at a seaside cottage with a to do list as long as her arm, only to realize that, like the waves rolling over a hole dug out in the sand, a never ending list of activity leads to futility. And that a woman on the run is never truly fulfilled.
After feeling odd and guilty at first, she slowly begins to unwind and enjoy a new rhythm of living, one of being open, quiet and...relaxed.
Although we’ve come a long way since the ‘50’s women are still under tremendous cultural pressure to achieve perfection, not only in their roles as wives and mothers, but now also as business women who generate our own forms of income while still maintaining a youthful face and figure. And like our mothers before us, we still tend to put the needs of other first before paying attention to our own.
When do we give ourselves the opportunities to really pamper ourselves and indulge in something we’ve longed or dreamed of doing? We typically tend to put off the opportunity to pamper ourselves for later, perhaps as a reward when some future milestone has been reached: when the kids are older, when I’m retired, when I’ve saved up enough, when my business is more established...
It usually takes a wakeup call for us to realize that life can be shockingly short and that’s when we’re motivated to take action. But we fail to realize how a little pampering go can a long way and lead to much richer and rewarding lives. Right now.
When it comes to pampering, there’s no better way to indulge than to travel. Nothing can replace the unique opportunities it offers. Travel give us the chance to disconnect from our long ‘to do’ lists and experience a new way of being with ourselves. We learn to relax, to breathe in fresh surroundings while gaining a new appreciation for other cultures.
There’s no faster route to self discovery than to travel abroad. Especially with the S.Tripper’s Travel Club upcoming “A Book is Never a Book” Tour of Ireland with Kathleen D. Mailer. If you’ve always dreamed of writing a book and have been putting it off for another day, now is the time to not only gain the skills that will equip you to fulfil your dream, but to do so on the adventure and trip of a lifetime...in Ireland, home to some of the world’s greatest literary giants.
It’s a trip that’s designed from start to finish to not only inspire, but to also empower you as a writer.
What’s on your bucket list? It’s never too late to pamper yourself and give yourself the gift of travel. Remember, you only live once, so passing up a chance to travel is like passing up a life-altering experience.