I can’t tell you the last time I took vacation and didn’t work while I was away.
I have a wonderfully flexible job that allows me to work from anywhere. The down side is, I’m always working and that includes when I’m on vacation. This past week, however, I went to Florida with some friends to celebrate our upcoming 50th birthdays and our accommodations had no wifi.
When I first found out a few days before we left, I was taken aback. It was an extra long weekend, and I had planned to do a bit of work each day. So before we left, I had to get a tremendous amount done, which I wasn’t sure was possible. After several long days and late nights, however, I got to the point where I could let out my breath and leave.
Before that point, I couldn’t even think about the trip. It was a major cause of stress and too soon after the holidays. I was more annoyed that we’d planned it when we did than excited about it. On top of that, most of the friends going weren’t ones I see often. One of the women, I didn’t even know at all. I wasn’t sure what we would do and was worried it would be awkward.
But as is often the case when I’m not looking forward to something, it turned out to be an amazing time. The eclectic group of friends got along amazingly well. No one had an agenda. No one really cared what we did, so we did a lot of nothing and that was exactly what we all needed. The weather wasn’t the best but it wasn’t 12 degrees either, so we tried not to complain. We sat around talking, drank wine, shopped, went to the movies, played cards and laughed a lot.
Most importantly, I had four days off, really OFF thanks to the lack of wifi. Other than checking email on my phone, there was nothing I could do. I didn’t have to write anything, edit anything, post anything or schedule anything. On top of that, I didn’t have to drive my kids anywhere, cook any meals or even think about anything at all.
It was a little taste of heaven.
FranklyStein is a blog by Chesapeake Family Magazine editor Betsy Stein, who lives in Catonsville with her husband, Chris, and four children, Maggie, 18, Lilly, 16, Adam, 16, and Jonah, 12.