I’m writing you in that “after vacation glow” that comes from 3 hours of sleep on a red-eye flight home, and 10 days of DO THE NEW extreme eating and adventuring. (It’s not a tv show, but it should be.)
I’m quite proud. I didn’t buy one tourist trinket on our 3-city, Pacific Northwest marathon, but I did bring home the usual extra 5 pounds. WORTH IT!
I see from your Facebook photos a lot of you have been traveling too: Alaska, the Grand Canyon, South Africa. SOOOOO cool!
You know studies show our vacations will improve everything from our heart health (not sure how that’s possible considering all the fried food, carbs and sugar we ate on ours), to work productivity and happiness when we return.
I personally believe it’s because we let go of our RULES and we allow ourselves to do things and try things we’ve never done before.
Chicken fried bacon? Thank you, Portland friends Cathey, Devin, and Christine. We seriously didn’t know that was a possible food thing.
Crazy shaky suspension bridge over a rainforest ravine? Very nice, Vancouver.
Sleepless in Seattle after drinking lots of coffee, eating some world famous triple creme coconut pie, and watching Boeing put together our next passenger planes? Check. Check. Check.
BUT, I consider these big “DO THE NEW” vacas as just a launch point to KEEP GOING when we get home.
Yes, vacation at home.
I can’t wait to tour the new Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia. After I lose the vacation pudge, I am determined to perfect a molten cake recipe inspired by HOT CAKES in Ballard, Seattle.
I will mentally and physically try to “order up” something new every day, no matter how small, post vacation, because I know we really don’t have to just “go back to the same ole same ole” on Monday.
Yep. Don’t be blue. Vacation isn’t over until your stuck-in-a-rut, habit machine takes over. Don’t let it.
1) Play tourist in your hometown on the weekend. You KNOW there’s some touristy thing you haven’t visited yet where you live. Go explore.
2) Always order something new you’ve never tried before on the menu. Worst that can happen is you’ll hate it. Best that can happen? You’ll find something new you love.
3) Try a vacation attitude. (Okay, that won’t work at work.) But disconnect more from your email and tv on your off time and read a great new book or take a class.
4) Try a new physical activity. You were willing to ride a bike, zip line, and kayak on vacation? Why not at home?
5) Make sure you play. We play games on vacation. Discover new games and invite friends over to play too. (My daughter and her boyfriend just introduced me to Bananagrams. Hooked. Laughed. Played. Friends, be warned. there will be more Bananagrams this summer)
Don’t get me wrong. I do look forward to getting back to a few of my routines and some healthier eating in general. And I do love sleeping in my own comfy bed.
No matter where I roam, there’s no place like home.
And sure, I’m off to do some mundane vacation laundry. Got to be done.
But, I will intentionally use my vacation memories as a kind of reset button for more…well, more DO THE NEW at home. I hope you do too.
How do you bring your vacation attitude home? Please share ideas.