5. We choose our reality, or at least part of it. Sitting at breakfast at the resort I thought, wow, how peaceful, we can sit outside and each breakfast and enjoy listening to the birds and the feeling the warm breeze, I wish I could do this at home! And then I remembered that the house we rent has a good size deck that overlooks the lawn and the trees behind, that gets the perfect amount of morning sun, and that when you go out there you can hear the birds and, when the breeze blows, the wind chimes. I just never choose to eat breakfast out there on the weekends because... I have no idea why. I completely could.
Travel is amazing. It brings us experiences and cultures and people and food that we may never find in our own back yard (I may be able to enjoy breakfast on the patio, but I can't rent a golf cart and drive around my town - to my knowledge at least, nor would I want to). But if we stop and listen, much of what we love about vacation can actually be found at home, within our lives, and sometimes, within ourselves, if we pay close enough attention. We just have to know where to look.