Monthly Archives: May 2016

Worries Washed Away in the Bahamas

By Andrea Freedman

Picture this, if you will: Blue sky, soft white sand on a beach you could walk for miles on, crystal clear water, the perfect balance of a calming breeze in the hot sunshine. Such was my life for one week when my husband and I recently traveled to the Bahamas.

I had often heard the phrase “It’s better in the Bahamas” and had always wanted to go there but for one reason or another had not yet made it there. I convinced my husband that we really needed a vacation away, but I hadn’t realized just how badly until we were actually there. It had been quite a while since we had taken a holiday and we hoped we had made the right decision in picking this destination, as well as the resort.

After only a couple of days I could feel myself start to relax and we knew we had made the right choice. I was able to erase any anxiety from my mind. It was great to clear my head from worry about bills, deadlines, errands or obligations.

The weather was so beautiful it was hard to think of ever leaving the beach. We met some nice people who we had a lot of laughs with, some of whom we hope to stay in touch with.

Not one to take any good fortune I have for granted, I appreciated every moment and all the things I love about going away, like spending that special time with my husband in a beautiful, romantic atmosphere, having my morning coffee on the balcony while looking out at the ocean, those little sudsy bubbles that form where the water meets the sand, and of course, not having to lift a finger.

If you are at all like me and enjoy capturing every moment on film, the pictures will keep the memories alive for years to come. But that’s as far as I go when it comes to using even the most primitive technology while I’m on vacation. Although many fellow guests were excited to use the free WiFi offered at the hotel, personally, they couldn’t pay me enough to be in touch with the outside world.

Each time we go on vacation – especially if it’s been a longer time than normal since our last holiday – I am reminded of the importance of traveling and taking a break. The benefits to one’s overall well-being last way beyond the time actually spent away. Every holiday brings with it its own unique memories and enriches our lives in one way or another. There are some things you can’t put a price on. Since returning home three weeks ago I not only feel so rejuvenated that I have been able to think of several new writing ideas, but I have also managed to remain pretty relaxed.

I could hardly believe just how good our trip to the Bahamas made me feel! The only casualty that occurred the whole week away was that no matter how hard I tried to keep our beach bag clean, I still managed to unintentionally get sand on the book I borrowed from my mom’s friend and also accidentally brought some sand back home in the bag with me; I wiped the book off as well as I could before returning it, but I don’t think I will rush to clean the rest of the sand out of the bag just yet. I’ll be too busy dreaming about our next vacation.☼

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Copyright © by Andrea Freedman 2016

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