Good Reasons For Extending Your Holiday


If you could stay just a little bit longer on holiday, would you take that opportunity? It’s a no brainer, of course you would! Everyone would like to able to extend their holiday while actually on holiday and not be afraid of missing their obligations back home. But that’s life, you can only do so much and have your way half of the time. Well, that can be one way of looking at it or you could explore the reasons for why you could extend your holiday. The first thing we see in our minds when we hear of holiday and extension is doing more of the same. Why would you want to do the same thing you did the day before, and the day before? If you just want more resting time, then perhaps you might need to go home and get back to normal life. You’ll have plenty of chances to get some sleep that way too. But, if you want to explore, have more experiences, take a few risks and truly immerse yourself in the foreign land you’re in then you have to extend your holiday further. It’s strange but we can find it difficult to integrate into the local life when we see ourselves as tourists. If you stay longer you’re bound to feel more like a local and thus have far better experiences.

You just can’t get enough

As the late Michael Jackson once said, ‘don’t stop til’ you get enough’. When it comes to the sightseeing this rings true for many people. Most of the time when you go on holiday and travel a new land, you’ll end up in a city somewhere. You’ll be walking around or using the public transport to look around art galleries, museums, go to different theatres and generally consume what the city has to offer. Since you are in a city all of these places are usually close together. At the very least you can visit all of the most important locations in a week pretty easily. So what could be a valid reason you should extend your travels?

Going out into the countryside to find different parts of the landscape that are important, is a very good reason. It’s one thing to explore New York City but once you’ve been to a few restaurants and seen a few theatre performances, you get the gist of the city. However, gazing over the Grand Canyon is a totally awe inspiring experience. You’ll never look at the earth or the country you’re in the same again. This is an experience that is worth extending your holiday for.

Considering a life change

Every now and then when you speak to someone who is fond of traveling, they will have a story for you of someone who went traveling in another country and never came back. Hopefully it’s not a gruesome tale but rather, the person loved the country and culture so much, they picked up their life and moved halfway across the world. If you have ever felt this way in a country you have visited, before making any drastic moves, consider renting an apartment. In Singapore for example, you can rent an apartment for around half of what you would in let’s say America. For the same size apartment, you would be paying around $400-300 a month. On top of this, some cultures and civilizations have just gotten used to living a certain way. In Singapore you can expect to get an apartment with a brilliant view almost every time. It’s a small city-state and thus, living space has literally grown taller rather than wider.

Situate yourself in one of these apartments for a month or two, or possibly half a year and see if you like it or not. It might seem like a good thing to do when you’re actually living as a tourist but once you’re immersed in the culture, are going to work regularly and paying bills, then you’ll get feel of it on a deeper level. Once the glamor of the new country wears away then you get a more accurate picture of what your normal life will be like if you did choose to permanently move out there.

You need the emotional break

Holidays aren’t just for relaxing physically but to have mental break too. When your life is in turmoil and you’re going through something that is highly emotionally taxing, having an extended holiday is just what you need. Being far away from a situation that you don’t want to live in is a good temporary escape. By no means does it mean you should rely on it but it can help you to sit back and observe your situation more clearly. With the clarity gained from taking things slow in your life and experiencing some of the better pleasures that holidays have to offer, you can come back to your normal life with solutions to your problems.

It’s also great if you have a family, to extend your holiday which could give you all a better outlook on life. Rather than focussing on the pressures that are on a family such as moving homes for a job or for school, perhaps even that the home is undergoing construction and you can’t live normally until the work is done are all good, ideas and reasons for why you should extend your holiday. It can also help the children to relax and forget about their worries such as having a long year of exams and tests. Their young minds can refresh and learn to appreciate the smaller and simpler things in life before they go back into full-time studying. Who knows, having a longer holiday might actually strengthen your bond as a family.

There are plenty of reasons for why you should take a longer holiday than previously planned. However, there are really only a few good reasons if we’re honest with ourselves. When you need an emotional break then you should extend your holiday if you can. Moving out and perhaps wanting to become a permanent resident in the country you’re visiting is another great reason why you can extend a holiday as a test.

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