It’s not easy to unwind from life when you are on vacation. It is a gradual process that takes a little time.
My husband Mike always gets sick with a fever for 12 hours at some point on our trip. His body just collapses from working too many hours and not enough play time. Once he passes that fevered point he goes into full on vacation mode.
For me it’s a much slower process. First I realize I can hand the kids off to someone else instead of juggling too much with only two hands. Next is the knowledge that I can take a shower and there is only a 10% chance a small person will walk in on me to ask a question. And then comes sleep.
Enter the start of our Kauai adventures.
We arrived on the oldest of the Hawaiian Islands on Saturday, just 5 days ago. Slowly but surely our bodies are starting to unwind. Two demanding kids still take their toll on us, especially with a 2 hour time change that sees them getting up at 5 and 6am each morning. I still have to remind myself that Mike is there to help. It’s not just the boys and me; daddy is actually on this trip from start to finish for the first time in a while.
I’ve heard that it takes at least two weeks to fully relax and let go of your everyday life stress. By next week I expect we will be on our way to shedding our usual parent/worker bee rolls and just appreciating the time we have with our kids. The fact that Dek wants to play with us is something we can’t take for granted.
And of course the day after we hit the two-week mark, and have slowed down and gotten into the island groove we will go home. Such is life. I’ll just start planning our next trip.
How do you unwind from the daily grind when you travel?
walking on travels: keep traveling, keep moving forward;
take your kids walking on life’s path to adventure