My husband Mike and I are saving up for an epic Hawaiian family vacation next summer. It will be our first big, proper summer vacation, and I couldn’t be more excited. But being able to afford the trip means we won’t be taking a vacation until that vacation. Even though I couldn’t be more excited about going to Hawaii, that trip is over a year away. I’ve been a little worried that the distance between now and then is too much, and we’ll be so burned out by the time we arrive in the Aloha State that we won’t even be able to enjoy ourselves.
This past weekend things reached a head for us. I’ve been recovering from a miscarriage and D&C, and I really just needed to get away from our life, even for a day. Mike had an evening event going on in a beach town an hour away from us, and we impulsively decided that Annie and I should come along and make a day of it.
The more distance we put between our house, the more relaxed I felt. We probably could have driven all day, and I would have been fine. But we did stop eventually, right at the beach. Annie, at two years and a few months, is not a fan of the ocean. She really wanted to swim, though, so we went to a nearby hotel and asked to use their pool. (Often hotels will allow this if you’re willing to pay a small fee.) Annie and Mike swam for hours, and I relaxed in a cabana while the hotel staff brought me food and drinks. We felt so relaxed at the hotel that we decided to stay the night, and because it was an off-day, we got a great deal.
It was exactly what we needed, and honestly? Waiting until next year to “relax” would have been disastrous. It was such a great experience, in fact, that Mike and I decided that we need to reserve the right to take one-night “mental health trips,” where we take day trips to our favorite places within 60 miles. Our bank account will take tiny hits, but the value we’ll get mentally is priceless.
What do you do to get away from it all?