Quest. It’s the new vacation.

Words hold great power. And writing is the art of assembling words into sentences, paragraphs, and ultimately, a story. Finding the right word to fit the occasion is a challenging task. One word, one synonym can change the message.

While reading, I came across the word quest.

It’s a great term that suggests a wild adventure or harrowing experience in pursuit of something rare and valuable. A trip that requires more than the participants realize and that leaves them forever altered. A trip that becomes a monument in the landscape of their memories. A quest sounds like a big deal.

I decided to compare the terms quest and vacation.

According to Merriam-Webster, the definition of quest, is:

: a journey made in search of something

: a long and difficult effort to find or do something

Photo Credit: Flickr by Scott Wills

Photo Credit: Flickr by Scott Wills

 and the definition of a vacation is:

: a period of time that a person spends away from home, school, or business usually in order to relax or travel

: the number of days or hours per year for which an employer agrees to pay workers while they are not working

: a time when schools, colleges, and universities are closed

Photo Credit: Flickr by (aka Brent)

Photo Credit: Flickr by (aka Brent)

When we go on a trip, we search for relaxation, a break in the routine, and an adventure. We want memories that stand out and an experience that isn’t just time away, but time well spent. And getting ready requires a lot of effort. Therefore, as of today, I have decided to officially change the name of our family excursions from vacations to quests. Sounds more exciting, don’t you agree?

9 thoughts on “Quest. It’s the new vacation.

  1. one summer holiday our family set off on a quest to find the tree that bears the mangos. the mango hunt it was named. up into northern nsw and then into queensland we went until the children were heartily sick of mangos.
    great word change … very powerful and will add greater depth and adventure to your family life.


  2. Love this choice for “Q”. I’ll have to reframe all future vacations into the quest mold. Thanks for popping by my blog.


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