To me a vacation is going somewhere with the intention of skiing, surfing, theme parks, or lying on the beach. They’re week long getaways to all-inclusive destination with a focus on relaxation and fun.
That’s really the key. Relaxation. A vacation is an opportunity to go somewhere new (or somewhere else familiar) and lazy about, drink some fruity drinks. It’s an opportunity to get away from the day-to-day stresses of life and enjoy some free time. But I don’t learn on vacation. It doesn’t make me a better person, expand my horizons, or help me develop new ideas. To me vacation should be easy.
This doesn’t, of course, mean vacations are in any way a bad thing. I love vacationing. Theme parks and beaches are among my favorite destinations, but I do recognize these activities for what they are. Resorts, cruises, and house rentals are usually vacation.
You can Instagram it, smack a filter on it, but that doesn’t make it travel.