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Mission Trip or Vacation?

Mission Trip or Vacation?

The difference between a mission trip and a vacation

“A mission trip is just a vacation that someone else pays for.” Lots of mission trip critics say this, and they’re right. Sometimes. At first glance mission trips and vacations do look pretty similar. They both involve taking time off from school or work, traveling to a new place, and taking lots of pictures.

However, if you’re really going on a mission trip, there will always be one huge difference. The difference is your purpose.

However, if you're really going on a mission trip, there will always be one huge difference. 

The difference is your purpose.

Self-centered vs. Selfless

The purpose of a vacation is to maximize your own personal enjoyment, relaxation, and pleasure. It's a trip that's all about you. It's self-centered.

On the other hand, the purpose of a mission trip is to maximize the name of Jesus by serving others. It's a trip that's all about others. It's selfless.

When a mission trip turns into a vacation

Can a mission trip turn into a vacation? Yes, if you're not being intentional.

What are your motives and reasons for going? To snap some cool pictures, get to know a cute guy or girl, or travel to an exotic place? If this is where your motives start and end, you're not honestly on a mission trip; you're more on a vacation because you're only focusing on yourself (self-centered).

What's your motivation?

Since we're all naturally self-centered, we need to be intentional about having selfless motives. It's not bad or wrong to take pictures, have fun with your teammates, or enjoy traveling. However, you don't want one of those to be your primary motivations during your trip. Motives turn into actions. So, if taking pictures is your primary motive, it'll be your primary action all throughout your mission trip.


On the other hand, if you're intentional about having motives like serving others, digging wells, or sharing God's love with children, then these will be the motives that turn into actions on your mission trip.

Think about it

Which way is your trip leaning? The mission trip side or the vacation side? The selfless side or the self-centered side?

No trip is perfect, and we all struggle with self-centered motives. However, if we're striving to be better reflections of Jesus, we need to be moving in a selfless direction. Jesus was rarely focused on getting great selfies during His trips.

Tips for Staying Productive While You Travel

Tips for Staying Productive While You Travel

Tips for Staying Productive While You Travel

Prepare Power Options

Sometimes, you cannot depend on power outlets to be available, or, your layover priority is going to be finding decent food but you still want your device to work. A solar-powered charger may help. The XD Design Solar Window Charger can stick to your car or airplane window and will charge any device with a USB outlet.

Navigating airports and finding outlets and Wi-Fi can be half the battle. Then, a task that usually takes half an hour suddenly takes so much longer because you’re out of your element. Whether you’re on a real vacation and just want to check in with your crew, or are on a working vacation, or are traveling for work, these four tips should help you stay productive while away from your home base.

4 Tips for Staying Productive While You Travel

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Travel Well.

Travel Well.

Stay Hydrated

Stay Hydrated

It may be hotter than you’re accustomed to, so please drink as much water as you can.

If you’re waiting until you feel thirsty you’re waiting too long.

Drink up.

It may be hotter than you’re accustomed to, so please drink as much water as you can.   If you’re waiting until you feel thirsty you’re waiting too long.   Drink up.

It may be hotter than you’re accustomed to, so please drink as much water as you can.

If you’re waiting until you feel thirsty you’re waiting too long.

Drink up.