It’s been about 16 hours since I’ve had a fruity adult beverage by the ocean… that means vacation is officially over.
Getting a flight that landed in DC at 8pm from the Bahamas seemed like a great idea at the time we booked it, but after having to get our luggage, grab a taxi home, go grocery shopping, and unpack our sand covered suitcases (all while dragging our feet a bit out of sadness that the vacation is over)… it was a long evening.
I really need to start building in a buffer day between my last day of vacation and my first day back into the working world to do things like mentally prepare for work again and shedding a few tears.
Here are the 5 things I’m struggling with this morning:
Adjusting to the weather – I’ve been running around in a swimsuit and flip flops for the last 5 days… now I actually have to put on real clothes, an actual bra, and add a winter coat to it all because it’s still freezing cold in DC :(
Looking at my credit card bill – It’s so easy to mindlessly hand over your room card at a resort without adding up all the numbers in your head. Now that we’re back it’s time to face the bill and probably eat in for the next 2 weeks to try and counterbalance the damage done.
Using my phone – Nothing is better than not worrying about a phone. I kept it on airplane mode for most of the vacation and loved getting to go out to dinner with the boyfriend and neither one of us would reach for it. Now it’s back to emails, social media, and all the rest that come with having a phone on you 24/7. Don’t get me wrong, phones are great! But having that little bit of down time was so nice. Truly a break from the rest of the world. Nothing like 43 new emails this morning to snap me out of that.
Setting an alarm alarm clock – No longer will I be slowly woken up by sunshine through my window and the sound of the surf breaking on the beach. Now it’s by my obnoxious alarm clock and sirens outside.
Having to work – It’s shocking how easy it is to go on vacation and completely forget about work. Although I still try to keep up with emails and reply to urgent ones, getting back into 100% full work mode is going to take a number of cups of coffee this morning… and maybe a few tears.
In order to get through today (and keep my vacation withdrawals at bay) I will constantly look at the pictures for the Bahamas, obnoxiously talk abut my trip to anyone who asks (or doesn’t ask), and start to plan my next vacation with the boyfriend! Next up… California???
What is the biggest struggle for you when returning to the real world after a long vacation?