Travel journalist Pico Iyer best described why we travel. “We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next, to find ourselves. We travel to open our hearts and eyes and learn more about the world than our newspapers will accommodate. We travel to bring what little we can, in our ignorance and knowledge, to those parts of the globe whose riches are differently dispersed. And we travel, in essence, to become young fools again — to slow time down and get taken in, and fall in love once more.”
We Americans are a hard working lot. Far too many earned vacation days go unused every year. U.S. Travel Association’s Project: TIME OFF research discovered 662 million vacation days went unused in 2016 nationwide and nearly 22 million in Ohio alone. In an effort to get more people taking a leisure vacation the Association has declared January 30, 2018 National #PlanForAVacation Day.
Why wait till the end of the month? You’ve just spent days with your family and friends celebrating the holidays. You’ve shared stories from the past, many of which involve travel. Both the perfect vacation and the disaster have equal entertainment value when it comes down to the story. Sometimes the more disasterous the vacation the better the story. The point is at the end of the trip stories make the best souvenirs.
So now that all those great stories are fresh get inspired and start your planning for 2018 vacations and getaways. Even a weekend getaway can refresh, relax and rejuvinate.
There’s no need to just bury yourself in your computer making future travel plans. January is a great month for a little post-holiday R&R. Funny but the best cure for cabin fever is a cozy cabin in the Hocking Hills, Ohio’s natural crown jewels. You will encounter a serenity which surpasses any residual holiday stress and reinvigorates the body, soul and mind for the new year.
Of course there’s also plenty of fun in the Hocking Hills during the first month of the new year. The 5th Annual Hocking Hills Comfort Food Cruise will be serving up classic comfort food at twelve locally owned, inviting restaurants while raising money for local food pantries January 13, 14, 20,21, 27 & 28, 2018. Oh sure, your New Year’s resolution was to get fit; no problem, all along the Comfort Food Cruise there are plenty of places to stop, enjoy the majesty of winter and hike up an appetite or work off a little comforting indulgences.
The 53rd Annual Winter Hike will take place Saturday, January 20. The six mile hike traverses breathtaking scenery, waterfalls suspended in frozen animation, prehistoric cave walls covered in ice beards and the Kiwani’s Club’s infamous bean soup at Cedar Falls. Continuous starts begin at 9 am from Old Man’s Cave and continue till 11 am. Transportation back to your car at Old Man’s Cave is provided.
The 3rd Annual Logan Frozen Festival is the perfect way to round out your Winter Hike weekend. Plan to stick around after the hike on January 20 and head to historic downtown Logan, Hocking Hills’ hometown. From 11 am to 5 pm more than thirty ice sculptures will line historic Main Street along with ice games, live sulpture demonstrations, an iceless ice skating rink, a Pop-Up shop, musical entertainment inside & out, warming fires and plenty of dining options.
This January resolve to use those vacation days. Make new stories. And, by the way, February is the month for romance and the Hocking Hills just happens to be Ohio’s favorite romantic destination. (According to Ohio Magazine’s 2018 Best of Ohio Readers Poll) The readers of Ohio Magazine also voted Hocking Hills the best State Park in Ohio, the best place to hike, the best place to see fall leaves and the best place for a long weekend getaway.
Now start planning those vacations and gather new stories. Begin at ExploreHockingHills.com or call 800-HOCKING for personal assistance.