When I was little, few words were more exciting to hear than the phrase “field trip.” Field trips were a break from schoolwork and for me a chance to wear normal clothes not the school uniforms! And it was an opportunity to go on an adventure with friends. Now that I’m a grown-up, taking a field trip can be just as fun and memorable – if I am willing to sign my own permission slip so I could go on one.

I see and hear it all the time – I don’t have time to take a break; going to the movies during the day – how can that be possible; taking a half-day or full day for some self-care…what the hell is that and why would I? It is so easy to get stuck in the day to day gotta do’s and forget the should do’s to create a life worth living and one that is fun. I bet a lot of you listening have allowed yourself to get stuck in your routine and life has gotten boring and oftentimes monotonous. Adding a touch of variety to your life in the form of a field trip can break up the monotony of your days and lead you to plenty of adventures.

Unlike the jaunts that were regulated by teachers or monitored by parents, taking a field trip as an adult can lead you anywhere you want. That nugget alone should be a freeing feeling for you! You don’t need anyone to chaperone you, you aren’t accountable to anyone for your time, and you can do whatever you damn well please! That sounds like a little slice of heaven if you ask me! And one simple step I would recommend you add into your routine immediately and sprinkle it generously into your schedule!

Staycation vs Vacation

Go on a daylong retreat or spend just a few hours at your destination. A field trip can be an exciting opportunity to explore a new landscape or discover something about yourself. Taking a day trip to another town or visiting an unfamiliar spot in your neighborhood can be educational and fun.

I live in Houston and there are so many things to do here that I could spend a lifetime and not do them all! I live close to NASA space center and have yet to tour it and I have been here since 1998! Now that is a shame! And I am willing to bet you have not even tried to be a tourist in your home town or home state either!

Have you ever done a real staycation???  You should give it a whirl!  Become a tourist in your hometown or city and see what new and exciting adventures you discover!

There is also much to be said for finding a beautiful spot under a tree where you can read a book if that’s your jam. You can even go to one of your favorite spots and allow yourself to experience it as if you were visiting there for the first time. Going on a field trip is as much a state of mind as it is a change in the scenery.

Non-Negotiables for Trip Success

During a “grown up” field trip, you MUST, and yeah, I said MUST, put schedules, clocks, and duties aside so you can focus wholeheartedly on mindfully enjoying yourself. When you go on your field trip, be mindful that you make it fun, enjoyable and set the mindset that it is something so new and exciting and you just know you will come away with plenty of new experiences to share!

Planning a field trip can be almost as fun as going on one. A field trip is an excursion to look forward to and an experience to be savored after the fact. Wherever you decide to go and whatever you decide to do, going on a field trip can add much pleasure and excitement to your life.

And as the Expert of Play, my recommendation and prescription for you is to set aside some time to explore, discover new and simple adventures at home, and actually take the time to get away – even for a few hours. You deserve a break and a little field trip is exactly what Dr. Dorci recommends!

Remember, happy people make healthier choices and it’s so much easier to create a healthy lifestyle when you are having fun!

And if you have never done it, drive somewhere that you can actually see the stars, take some time and look at them for a while at night. You were created out of a speck of star dust and you, my dear ones, were made to sparkle and shine rather than be dim and fade away.

Some days are simply meant for playing.

– Mary Anne Radmacher

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