March 08, 2016 15:22 ET

Diamond Resorts International® -- Vacations for Life® -- Why It's Important to Bring Hobbies With You on Vacation

LAS VEGAS, NV --(Marketwired - March 08, 2016) - Often used as a time to relax, vacations should also allow an opportunity to re-energize and reconnect with one's passion. While lounging on a warm, sandy beach is a great way to enjoy a break, there are many more pleasurable leisure activities to include in a travel plan. Vacation advisors at Diamond Resorts International® agree the inclusion of personal interests often leads to some of the best-planned itineraries. Whether you are passionate about art, sports, music, or history, taking a vacation is a great way to enjoy one's time with no pressure or distractions from the laborious responsibilities of daily life and work.

No matter the setting, hobbies on a trip abroad open the door to novel opportunities and unique perspectives of local life. Dancers will relish the chance to learn new moves from the choreography of a neighborhood group or class, and meet other intriguing people. Peering through a camera lens at indigenous flora or special architectural details will grant any photography fan with a vista generally unseen by the common tourist. Bikers and hikers can take their hobby 'off-route' -- avoiding the more conventional and popular trails to tour secluded locations that reflect hidden life and culture. Using a passion to navigate toward a destination is a great way to gain insight and knowledge of a different society or way of life.

Practical vacation considerations, such as accommodation or proximity to local commerce, are also connected with one's hobbies and interests. Anyone who loves to cook or entertain can reserve lodgings with an equipped kitchen and then set out to peruse the local marketplaces. Vacation advisors at Diamond Resorts International® note that this is the ultimate way for food lovers to experiment with fresh, ethnic ingredients and exotic spices. Writers and book enthusiasts will enjoy pulling up a chair at the district library. Even better, travelers can attend a book-reading evening and mingle with others who share the same passion. Not only is this a social way to bridge any cultural gaps, but it's also a perfect means to enhance talents and skills.

Some hobbies are more relaxing while others require a more active involvement. Either way, these interests can help compose captivating vacation activities. For instance, art history buffs can visit museums to satisfy their creative yearnings, while artists can plant themselves in a community park with an easel or sketchpad. People who fancy themselves as sommeliers can meander through any nearby vineyards or simply reserve a table at a trendy wine bar to sample the provincial treasures. After a day spent pleasantly pursuing a passion, Diamond Resorts International® can provide a plush place to rest in affordable luxury accommodations around the globe.

About Diamond Resorts International®

Diamond Resorts International®, with its network of more than 370 vacation destinations located in 35 countries throughout the continental United States, Hawaii, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, South America, Central America, Europe, Asia, Australasia and Africa, provides guests with choice and flexibility to let them create their dream vacation, whether they are traveling an hour away or around the world. Our relaxing vacations have the power to give guests an increased sense of happiness and satisfaction in their lives, while feeling healthier and more fulfilled in their relationships, by enjoying memorable and meaningful experiences that let them Stay Vacationed.™

Diamond Resorts International® manages vacation ownership resorts and sells vacation ownership points that provide members and owners with Vacations for Life® at over 370 managed and affiliated properties and cruise itineraries.

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