Over the holiday weekend, I was invited to a friend’s campground on a lake. He was hosting Memorial Day activities and invited my family to join. Upon arriving I felt like I just belonged there. Everyone was so happy there and while only 25 minutes from my home, it felt worlds away. It got me thinking on how important a known destination that isn’t your primary home is.
My friend was telling me how in the summer months hes basically spending most weekends at his cabin. His family enjoys the natural setting, boating, fishing etc. Hes doing upgrades to the cabin all the time. I noticed something more important that I want to do for my family: electronic free fun.
The kids were swimming, fishing, running around and just enjoying life. They didn’t need internet, TV or devices. Even the adults seemed to just take it all in and relax the way you should. I was tossing around a football with my son. Then helped my friend chop some wood for the fire. Getting away from the distractions and stress of the “real” world were therapeutic to me. I was in this location for 10 minutes and said to my wife “we’re getting one of these.”
Another point that was evident was that family was welcomed here. It would be one of those locations that you invite your family too. A spot where if shit hits the fan, you know you can get to and be somewhat okay. Also, its going to be an open invitation to my closer friends. I’ll let them know “If you need me, I’ll be at the cabin.”
Which brings up another point in that you can just enjoy it for yourself. It can be your spot to get away from things. If your kids are with their grandparents or something, take your wife down. Hell, have your buddies meet up for a fishing trip to get away from the wife and kids. Regardless the plans, having somewhere to go is something I don’t want to be without. It always gives you a destination. There is always something to be done, and the types of things you’re doing (fixing things, upgrading the plot, building on to it etc) are manual, meaningful things that you can be proud of.
Obviously, not everyone needs/wants a location like this. Some may not be able to afford it, but I personally think this is something you should at least try out. The cabins where I were are quaint and small, but its a roof and door to keep you dry at night. You don’t need much else imo. Rent a place in the woods, in the mountains, or at the beach. I’m sure you’ll find somewhere you’d at least consider to be your home away from home. Once you find your slice of heaven, consider getting a permanent spot there. The fun and rewards seem to be something that keeps giving back.