I’m a girl on a mission. That mission is constantly changing, but I always have one. (Or several.) I’m not laid back; I want to get things done. Even on vacation, I have this mentality. You probably won’t find me relaxing on a beach. I’m more likely making reservations and planning activities, keeping to schedule and fitting as much into each day as possible.
Walt Disney World is a great place for my type of vacation. First of all, planning is important there. You can start making dining reservations 180 days before your trip, and ride reservations 60 days pre-vaca. So, by the time we get there, our vacation is extremely planned out. In between the planned activities, I fly around at top speed, fitting in as many activities as possible. This is fun, but exhausting.
Our recent Walt Disney World vacation was different. About three weeks before our trip, I aggravated an old injury, making it difficult for me to walk. If you’ve ever been to Disney World, you know that this place is all about walking. Each day, you walk from your room to the bus stop to the park gates, and then all over the park for like twelve hours, and then back to the bus stop and back to your room. How was I going to do Disney with a bum foot?
The answer: slowly. Very, very slowly. I still had a list of things that I wanted to do, but it was done at a much more relaxed pace. We meandered our way through the parks, stopping frequently to rest. We did fewer rides, but savored them more. We sat and people-watched and speculated on their back-stories. We took pictures of food and flowers and sweeping views. We noticed details that we normally fly past on our way from one attraction to the next. We took our time.
I’m sure that, once I’ve healed, I’ll be back to my old running-around-trying-to-get-everything-done ways, but for now I’m enjoying taking my time.