Give in to your fernweh

We all need a break from our daily routine. We all need a way to relieve some stress, perhaps recapture part of our childhood when we remember being carefree and happy. According to the 2009 International Vacation Deprivation Study, commissioned by Expedia, more than 30 percent of Americans did not use all their vacation days. According to CNN, one of the major reasons Americans leave vacation days unused is the fear of losing their jobs.

I do not fall into that camp. Instead, I suffer from the complete opposite.  I learned a new word today, fernweh, which has been described as a contemporary German word equivalent to the English word wanderlust, or literally an ache for distant places.

While I think we all understand that vacations and breaks from work are mentally and physically good for us, some people are overwhelmed by the planning of them. However, I am here to say that there are many options – from one day breaks to the multi-week adventure. For example, just this past weekend, 10 of us jumped into a big white van and drove 5 hours east to Sandusky, Ohio to Cedar Point – known to all when I was a kid as the “amazement park”. It truly is.  Opened in 1870, it has grown to 364 acres of fun for all ages containing 16 roller-coasters, 74 rides, a water park and much more.  What better way to release a little pent up stress by hurling down a hill going 90+ mph yelling and screaming?

“It’s the big star of the show. A true Giant among coasters. So huge, it created a whole new category – the giga-coaster. Welcome to Millennium Force, the 310 foot, 93 MPH record-breaking monster of a thrill ride. The first hill features an elevator cable lift system to get you to the top faster, then it’s an 80-degree drop to start the coaster ride of your life! ” source, Cedar

I just call it pure joy.

Take the time to find some for yourself.



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