Holidays, Weekends, and Free Time

When we read about a country, often we’re accessing the news or travel websites or websites by international organizations that give us information like the UNDP or IMF.

But these websites tell us more about the economic, politics, and social aspects of a country during work hours, rather than what happens on weekends, holidays, and during one’s free time there.

CHRISTMAS RITUALS!!!  How are holidays celebrated?  Great question that provides many interesting and authentic answers when traveling.
CHRISTMAS RITUALS!!! How are holidays celebrated? Great question that provides many interesting and authentic answers when traveling.

So here’s your helpful travel hint of the day…

If at all possible, while you’re traveling in a country, find out what happens after work hours.  What do people do?  Where do they go?  Where do they travel?  What makes them most happy?

Saturday morning on the road from Ottawa.  Stop by any side of the road stop during the summer months in Canada and you'll get a feel for culture and tourism in-country!
Saturday morning on the road from Ottawa. Stop by any side of the road stop during the summer months in Canada and you’ll get a feel for culture and tourism in-country!

If we are trying to experience a community authentically, we can’t just read in the news about the economy, or understand the political makeup, or view where and when people jog off to work, and get a true picture of the social landscape.

No, we must observe the country on its independence day, see what’s happening on the weekends, see what happens at 5 o’clock when the office has closed and people are able to scurry about in the way that they most please.

You can tell more about Canadians on Canada Day or Thanksgiving Day or a Saturday morning market crawl than you will in a 3 pm board  meeting.

And yet it’s the outcome of that 3 pm board meeting that gets the most news coverage: economic decisions, politics, imports and exports.

Getting the apple cider brewing last Christmas - a major staple in many Canadian households throughout the Christmas season.  Also means houses smell DELICIOUS throughout the season!
Getting the apple cider brewing last Christmas – a major staple in many Canadian households throughout the Christmas season. Also means houses smell DELICIOUS throughout the season!

There is so much we can only learn through travel.  So take the opportunity to learn it!  Find out about what constitutes relaxation.  And then maybe learn another way to relax yourself….

Happy relaxing and happy traveling to you!

Advertisements

One thought on “Holidays, Weekends, and Free Time

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s