Who doesn’t love vacations?
A week (or two, if you’re lucky) away from work. A trip to an exotic (or at least less mundane) locale. A break from the ordinary. A chance to re-group, re-charge and re-energize (and re-build when those waves wash away your castle-building progress…)
As much as I love the adventure of going on holidays, I’m always happy to return home. Something about being away always enhances my appreciation of my own little corner of the world. You know? I rarely lament the end of vacation as it’s balanced by the joy of returning home!
My top 5 reasons to celebrate coming home?
My bed. Sleep is important to me (and my health). I’m happiest when I get 8 to 9 hours each night. Too many late evenings and early mornings tend to make me cranky (just ask my husband…). And rarely do I sleep as well on vacation as I do in my very own bed. Not too soft. Not too firm. Not too small or too large. And the pillows? Perfectly plumped and puffy every single time.
My kitchen. When it comes to food, I’m a bit of a control freak. I don’t like not knowing when my next meal might be and what it might consist of. I’m happiest when the fridge is full of veggies and there’s an over-flowing fruit bowl on the counter. Although I enjoy trying new restaurants and cuisines, even the healthiest options on the menu are typically larger and more calorie-laden than the meals I prepare at home. Throw in the social aspect of dining out and it’s easy to consume too much food (and drink!) without even realizing it. Nothing makes my tummy happier than coming home to my kitchen and my desert island foods
My gym. After a week of super short body weight workouts and leisurely strolls around the block, my body craves the gym. Squats, lunges, pushes and pulls. Heavy and intense enough to fatigue my muscles and facilitate a good night’s sleep (see #1). Nothing energizes me quite like a visit to my happy place.
My home WiFi. While I do cut back my computer time when I’m holidaying with family, checking email, responding to your blog comments and connecting with my online friends is sometimes a welcome break from too much “togetherness”. Know what I mean?
My cat. Look at that face. Need I say more?
Where did you go on your last vacation?
If you could take a holiday anywhere in the world, where would you go?