Normally, I’d be writing about travel today and I am. However, this post is going to be a little different as I think I’m going into travel withdrawals. I’ve been on the road for 8 weeks out of the past 14. That’s a lot of time spent in cars, airports, planes and hotels. That also means a lot of strange beds, dinners out and coffee in paper cups.
Large concrete Dixie Cup in front of the former Lilie-Tulip manufacturing company in Riverside, California. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Let’s say I’m happy to be getting reacquainted with my sofa. However I’m having issues adjusting to all the time off. I feel like I have too much time on my hands and I’m not accomplishing anything. Admittedly, working under the gun is not something to strive for, that kind of pressure isn’t good for anyone.
Yet, I’m trying to NOT put things off so I CAN work that way. I miss the adrenaline rush of meeting my deadlines as I’m sitting in a hotel room drinking bad coffee and Smart Water. I miss the hectic pace of getting from one destination to the other. I also miss picking out different restaurants and having someone make my bed for me everyday.
However, there are other things I missed more. Kissing my son after he’s gone to sleep at night and watching him in the cocoon of blankets he’d made. Curling up next to my husband, only to wake up to him watching me sleep. Cooking. Soaking in my tub. Talking to my family for more than five minutes at a time. Laundry. (Ok, I lied about the laundry.)
When you’re a blogger, there is a season for us that involves a lot of travel. Throw in work travel with family vacations and we’re busy gals. Never mind that our conference season runs a full 12 months now. I’m looking at the travel schedule next year and it starts January 6th. Right after Christmas. Do I want that much travel on my plate? As much as I love it, unless I have a vested interest in a conference, I think I’ll be sitting out more than I attend.
Instead, I’ll plan some amazing family trips. We have London on our itinerary, as well as 2 weeks on the coast. Then, I’ll need a vacation to recover from those vacations.
What do you do when you’re missing travel but in desperate need of downtime?