My husband and I, who live the chilly Midwest, recently took a trip to San Diego to visit family. Of course, the usual flight delays and cancellations occurred, but it was a good trip. I had timed the trip so that I could submit Breeder 2: Terran to Loose Id before I left. It was race against the clock to finish on time, but I did.
The first morning I woke up on vacation, I was at a loss as to what to do. Normally I’d be at the computer writing or checking social media, but I didn’t even have Wifi yet. I felt disoriented; I wanted to be working. I worried about the amount of email I would have when I returned.
By day 2, I’d gotten over all that, and found I didn’t miss work. With the exception of checking email, I didn’t “work” at all. Even though travel can often be inconvenient and frustrating, I feel the benefits outweigh the negatives. The downtime gave me a chance to reflect on the benefits that I get from vacation:
- Mentally and physically disengaging from work. It’s like pressing a reset button.
- An opportunity to read. I finished four books and got halfway through a fifth. Usually I read about 1 book a week.
- Quality time with family and friends.
- Experiencing new things.
- People watching. Airports are fabulous for this.
- Enhanced understanding/appreciation for the world at large (most significant with foreign travel, but just getting out of town helps).
- The reminder that life isn’t all about work; balance is important.
- Better weather (sometimes it’s worth going just for this!)
- An appreciation of home (It’s fun going, but coming home to my own house, my own bed, coffee, shower, etc. feels good).
What do you enjoy most about vacations?