I am taking my first holiday in 4 years!!
I know, you just want to slap me in the face, don’t you? Haven’t I bragged about how I spent 6 months touring Mexico and the US on a motorcycle in 2011, how I visited all Europe last summer for another 6 months, and just came back from 3 months in Spain and Morocco? Well, that was traveling, not a holiday. Traveling is intense. You wake up early in the morning, pack your stuff, get on the bike, visit places, take pictures, find a place to eat, a place to stay the night, unpack your things, take a shower, deal with your online banking/emails/investments and crash exhausted into bed. After a few weeks, you maybe get a day off, but you still want to see as much as you can while you are there, and end up going back home more tired than when you left.
During those 6 months trips, we took a few days just to rest. For example when we drove from Guatemala to Seattle, the weather was really cold, in spite of being early May, so we stopped for five days in Lake Tahoe and just did nothing for five days. But I wouldn’t call it a holiday. Yes, we did go around the lake, hiked a bit, visited some cool places. But when we would go back to the hotel, BF would work on the bike, check it out, oil the chain, repack our things, and I would spend time online looking for the next destination, booking hotels, reading reviews… We were supposed to push North to Alaska but the weather was really bad, so I started looking up ferries and cruises instead, so we could still go, and avoid freezing ourselves while riding. We ended up crossing the US to NYC instead, and the weather got much warmer, but what I am getting at is those days were spent planning and shopping for stuff we needed, not just lounging by the chimney with a good book.
Another thing that doesn’t make me feel like I am on holiday (even if I live by the beach, somewhere people actually pay us money to come spend THEIR holidays!) is the computer. I have my computer with me all the time, check emails at least once a day, then there is the blogging, the rents, the investments to supervise… I never really take a break. While the pace is rarely intense, it never fully stops. So it is time for a REAL holiday.
We are going to Belize!!
BF, his sister and boyfriend and I. Just the four of us, between Christmas and New Year. It started out because I got a booking from Airbnb and some people rented our full house for a few days. We could have gone to BF’s ranch, a couple of hours drive away, but we thought we would make a real trip out of it. I know mainland Belize and have been there a few times, but never to the islands so I am pretty excited to be going! And when you live four hours away from the world’s second biggest reef barrier and have never been there, it is a bit of a shame. I took my diving certifications in Honduras, but it looks like Belize has some even more amazing reefs.
We almost canceled the trip, as we booked it late and most hotels were packed full, or wanted us to book for at least 7 days, but eventually I found a nice guest house walking distance from the beach to accommodate us.
I think I will not take my laptop with me, which is the equivalent for those of you who are parents of leaving your 3 days old newborn at home and jetting off to Cancún. Yes, I am addicted. I don’t really need to get online, and often spend 24-36 hours without internet access, but I like to be able to write whenever I get a good idea, or to watch a series at night before I go to bed. I am an introvert and I need my alone time. If we are going to be with another couple all day, as sweet as they are, I like to unwind on my own, and my computer is generally my go to place. That is also where I keep a ton of ebooks, but those I may transfer to my iPod. The iPod made the cut because it is my main camera at the moment, looks like my big camera got moldy while we left for Europe and I didn’t use it for a few months, so I need the iPod but won’t use it for anything more than pictures and book. Oh, and music for my runs. No Sudoku, no connecting to the hotel’s wifi.
It will be hard because the hotel does have wifi. When it isn’t there you just make do without but when it is there, one click away, it is tough, at least for me. What do you think, can you go unwired in a wired place?
Blog-wise, it just requires a little organization, scheduling a few posts and having my VA handle the rest.
Can I do it?
When you are used to bringing your “work” to a non working environment, like right now when I am typing this post sitting on my bed, it is hard to dissociate work and play. Again, sorry to sound like a spoiled brat, but that is the reality. Enjoying the day has always been the priority, but during idle time, I would generally open the computer and do something on it. In Belize, the plan is to do nothing. Maybe some diving, some snorkeling, to eat well, to relax… We are going to Caye Caulker (food and activity recommendations are most welcome!), which is a very small island. You can visit most of it simply walking around. When we have been visiting similar destinations, we have always stayed pretty active. In Santorini, we explored the whole island, took the bike to almost every beach, I don’t think we swam more than once in the sea. So let’s see if we can sit on the beach and sip cocktails all day, and if we go back more energized!
What about you, can you take a one week holiday in an all-inclusive and not get itchy? When did you last take a real holiday away from it all?