Why do we go on vacation

MOut of the house in the morning, home in the evening. Out of the house in the morning, home in the evening. Out of the house in the morning, home in the evening. Unfortunately, this is what life is like for most people. And the apartment is getting more and more dirty so the weekend cleaning and laundry have to be done and the tax return and all that other nonsense that adults have to deal with is up. Then people sigh, sit at their desks and do the same.

It’s a huge misconception that adults don’t play because they don’t feel like it. Only very few, very boring people do that. Most of them don’t have the time, and when they do, they feel bad because they don’t do some things that are very important to adults. Most of the time, one feels that the homework never ends.

In order not to have homework and to be able to play in peace, adults have to leave the house and also prefer the city or country in which they live. Then they book a hotel in a nice or sunny spot and do whatever they like. In fact, they do nothing all day other than what kids love to do, ie free time and play, they call it something else. They talk about relaxation and recuperation. Sometimes they come up with funny words for it, like wellness. It looks better and they can feel grown up doing it.

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Plus, adults do something kids don’t understand: they spend hours looking out at the countryside. It’s really hard to explain, but adults are obsessed with landscapes. The sea is so blue, the mountains that with a bit of luck are still a little white on top, the sun goes down all red – they can’t get enough of it, while the kids are bored and weary to death. The adults just sit there and sigh and keep saying things like “Oh, it’s beautiful in here!” You have to understand that, that’s exactly how they are. They rarely see anything pretty, but they do see gray filing cabinets, gray desks, gray walls all day long, and a few sad plants. That’s why they have to fill in the trees, lawns, and beaches so they can stay a while in the office again.

And one more thing: at some point they will get along with each other again. It goes on for a few days when they’re still just as upset as ever, and keep wanting to get rid of everyone because they’re used to it, to get work off their backs. But then they realize that nobody wants anything from them anymore, except to bring them coffee or pizza, and they relax and don’t always look away, but instead look into the eyes of others. For people, holidays are a bit like saving a circus animal from a cage that is too cramped, and it no longer has to perform tricks. At least for two or three weeks a year, which is better than nothing.

More answers to curious kids' questions

More answers to curious kids’ questions

An illustrated collection of articles has been published from our column “How do I explain it to my child?” by Reclam.

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