Hello Dear Readers,
Many of you know by now that I am a big homebody. I love my house (or my home, really), and all the things I’ve designed to go in it: my dishes and my comfy chair and my bed that is firm but not too firm (I sound like Goldilocks now, I’ll let you know if I make any porridge soon and whether the temperature is juuuuuust right!). So it’s nice to have a routine and to be settled in a place you know.
Many of you also know by now that I love to travel, too. Having a comfort zone is great, but sometimes it’s good to step outside your comfort zone. Traveling can be a vivid experience for all your senses: Instead of the usual dishes, try tasting the local cuisine (or the kosher version, at least!); instead of listening to the usual radio station on the way to work, try listening to the local music in the local language. Instead of sleeping in your usual bed, try sleeping under the stars or a quiet inn. (I do have to say, though, that it does get harder and harder to not sleep in my own bed at home.)
I think this concept of stepping outside of your comfort zone by traveling also relates to the concept of Sukkot. Throughout 2019 we are safely ensconced in our homes, eating and drinking and sleeping and doing everything as per usual. But that routine is disrupted for a week when we have to do all of that in the sukkah. Hopefully, it gives us a chance to examine not only our usual physical routine but also our spiritual routine as well. Sukkot is a great opportunity to try to push yourself beyond your spiritual comfort zone as well, to take the lessons from Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur and see if you’re ready to make yourself one step better for the next days and weeks and months. So in a way, traveling abroad is very apt for Sukkot in general.
Here are a few other reasons why you might want to plan a Sukkot vacation 2019:
1. WEATHER. Sukkot is usually the first few days of fall, so the weather can be crisp and beautiful. No better time to enjoy the great outdoors, before the harsh snows of winter return.
2. IT’S A TIME OF HAPPINESS. Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur are somber and serious days, but Sukkot is called zman simchatenu, the time of our happiness. So get out there and be happy! Enjoy the holiday and see the world.
3. TIME WITH FAMILY. Sukkot can be a great time to spend with family, whether you’re staying with extended family overseas, backpacking and enjoying nature, or having a relaxing experience at a kosher sukkot hotel. It’s not just where you go, it’s who you go with. Consider calling Leisure Time Tours for your Sukkot vacation 2019.