I recently had a conversation with my mom about this, and wanted to know other people's take on these.
I grew up in a school where many teachers would have 51 weeks of torture (which they actually admitted to), for 1 week of supposed paradise per year.
It made me very sad for those people, because, I suppose that they were looking for joy in things which money bought them rather than looking for the joy within themselves, because I am sure that those teachers were not in full consciousness.
However, my mom made the point that holidays are a fantastic opportunity to meet new cultures and widen your view of the world. In response, I said that he who journeys within himself travels the world, talking about the awakening of the original consciousness.
What makes me most sad is the people who are not conscious and spend thousnads of pounds as a means of "escape". My take on this is that they may be able to run away from a situation, but they can't run away from themselves, and whatever problems they have, they carry with them to the new but physically different location.
However, my mom made the point that she has always really enjoyed holidays, and that nothing would take her joy of them away.
In the end, we reached the understanding that, in my opinion, it is wrong when someone uses holidays as a SUBSTITUTE for the joy that they would find within themselves, but when a person wishes to see a new place but isn't using it as a replacement for everyday joy then this is OK.
I was wondering others opinions on this, because when I was younger I always had a deep sense of sadness on holidays, not because I was ungrateful, but because, as I can see it now it seems that my parents thought that you could buy happiness, rather than make it.
My sadness was due to the fact that we are almost trained to find happiness in monetary things rather than finding happiness in the soul. Because when a person is on holiday, they do not leave the issues with their soul behind them: they take them with them.
Me, I will always find happiness in my soul, but what do others think of this?
All the best,