A vacation is the best prescription
I’m not a doctor, but I am prescribing a one week, paid vacation at least once a year to you. That’s what my mom, brother and I have all decided to do from now on. We just got back from a three-day vacation at Universal in Orlando, Florida. We haven’t been on a vacation in quite some time and it was exactly what we needed. It was nice to be a kid again.
I am not one for amusement parks. I get scared easily on rides. I can’t do roller coasters and I can’t do heights. Basically, I’m a giant chicken. I did, however, go on every single ride my family wanted except, of course, the roller coasters. That was a pretty good accomplishment for me.
My favorite ride has to be Popeye & Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges. It’s a water ride, where you travel down some rapids and get sprayed and splashed the whole time. I was soaked from head to toe. I also surprisingly enjoyed the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride. I don’t know anything about the books or movies, but it was a lot of fun. I was so scared the whole time waiting in line but I really enjoyed it. I even got a little teary eyed at the end of the Despicable Me ride. It was so adorable and fun. I’m pretty sure I photobombed at least 15 people.
We also spent a little time on City Walk. It had such a young feel — if I was vacationing there with my girlfriends, I would’ve gone to one of the clubs. But, it was nice to just sit around, eat some delicious food and just people watch.
I could have moved into the resort where we stayed. It’s called Loews Royal Pacific Resort and it’s on the Universal grounds. It has an amazing pool with splash contests daily. Their restaurant has a great steak sandwich that I had every single day. They played movies at night and brought around frozen grapes and frozen towels for you to enjoy poolside. My favorite part of the pool were the ducks and their ducklings swimming around. We had such a pretty view from our room and the staff was so helpful. I never wanted to leave. You can imagine my disappointment going from 85 degree weather in gorgeous Florida to 47 degree weather here in boring Rhode Island.
We all need a little vacation every now and then. The length of the vacation doesn’t matter; it could even just be for the weekend. We went for three days, but it felt like so much longer. Nothing beats being able to enjoy yourself and the company of family, friends or whoever you decide to bring along. It’s a chance to not have to think about getting up for work or school for once.
Other than learning to take more vacations, I also learned two things. One, when arriving home from vacation, immediately take my dog to the park so he can forgive me faster for leaving him home and, two, the people in Orlando were not very fond of my eyeball ring. Oh, the looks I got.