Simple Tips for Self Care: Travel

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This simple tip for self care is one I take very seriously: travel. When Keith was in medical school, a mentor of his advised us to take frequent weekend trips out of the area. “Staycations” don’t work for doctors who may bump into patients at the grocery store. The only way to truly unwind is to be away from work, so we traveled.

After Keith passed away, I knew I wanted to do more traveling. There’s something about being in a new place, out of the daily routine, and on an adventure that simplifies life. It’s that adventurous simplicity that makes me feel more alive.

Actually, the best gift you could’ve given her was a lifetime of adventures… [Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland]

Your travel doesn’t have to be extravagant or far from home. When we lived in Las Vegas, we would stay in a hotel in a different part of town or head to Zion National Park (about two hours away) for the weekend. We’ve stayed in other peoples’ houses, gone camping, and found amazing deals on hotels so that we travel on a budget. On one long road trip, we survived on almost completely Clif Bars and dried fruit.

The point is, traveling doesn’t have to be costly. You don’t always have to take off work or spend a lot of money. Some of our favorite trips were over a long weekend or even just a day trip.

Travelling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a story teller. [Ibn Battuta]

What kinds of trips do you look forward to? Do you travel regularly? What are your favorite travel tips?

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  1. Robin Kerwin on March 14, 2016 at 12:19 pm


    Actually, the best gift you could’ve given her was a lifetime of adventures… [Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland] … Hi Becky, I’m reading this as I wait to take first leg of our Florida vacation … the FERRY to Long Island , we fly out of Islip Airport tomorrow 6am. I love the LORDS TIMING 🙂 in my reading of your blog. .. The LC quote is fantastic & I loved the part where you & Keith ate cliff bars & dried fruit .. Dan & I have been blessed as well to have some wonderful memories of travel on a “shoestring” .. most of our family vacations were eating HOT DOGS & CHIPS ..ha ha.. the boys of course loved it . And now as two retired travelers we still take the economy route, this allows us the opportunity to travel even more. Biking & hiking cost nothing .. and as you know .. ONE CAN LIVE ON PROTEIN BARS !! Thanks for sharing your passions, your memories & for all you do for Jesus as you minister to so many . In Jesus Joy, Robin

    • Becky L McCoy on March 18, 2016 at 12:49 pm

      Thanks, Robin! I hope your trip was a wonderful adventure!

  2. Katie on March 14, 2016 at 3:59 pm

    Good advice. We squeezed in a trip to bryce canyon last weekend with our 7-month-old in tow and it was well worth it. Making plans to travel more!

    • Becky L McCoy on March 18, 2016 at 12:47 pm

      With your 7 month old!? How did I miss that, haha.

      We used to do Zion all the time during residency 🙂

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