Notes to Self: A Vacation Post-Mortem
Posted on: 9 December 2007 /
- Given a choice, never take the red-eye again. Changing planes in HNL probably isn’t that bad a thing.
- Look at the directions for how to get to the hotel/condo you’re staying in before getting into the rental car.
- And check to see whether the rental car has a dome light before driving off.
- Because if it doesn’t, it might be worthwhile to get your flashlight or headlamp out of your suitcase before heading into the darkness. Because there might not be street lights.
- Better yet: don’t arrive in a strange place at night.
- No matter how many times you assure yourself there is, there truly is not any place worth eating in the American terminal at LAX.
- On the first day in a new place, you should walk around the place you’re staying so you know where you are. A mile in at least two directions is probably good.
- If there’s a locked gate on the sliding glass door in the master bedroom of the condo, it’s a good idea to leave it alone.
- Take at least two iPods and make sure that at least one of them is not on the night stand.
- Hawaii is good — it forces you to relax. This process takes 5-6 days, apparently. Plan accordingly.
- You’re not going to read much while you’re on vacation.
- Or write.
- Don’t check email. No matter how much it needs checking. Yeah, you could get totally screwed up at work by not checking, but: it’s only work.
- If you ever need to go job-hunting again, edit this post first.
- (OTOH, yes, take the laptop.)
- Don’t expect you’re going to get a lot of fun activities done on the day you fly out. Wake up, get dressed, and head to the airport for your non-red-eye flight.
- If you’re staying in a place that has a washer and dryer, you really don’t need more than three shirts and a couple of pairs of pants/shorts.
- On the other hand, if you’re going to be hiking in rivers and wet country, two sets of hiking boots was a good idea.
- Get a medium-sized suitcase.
- You’re going to eat out more than you think.
- 19 lbs. is a lot of turkey.
- Vacation condo renting is probably the way to go. So is staying in one place the entire vacation long.
- Inasmuch as you’re able to deceive yourself into thinking that vacation is “real life” and never-ending, let it happen probably.
- Heck, any time you’re able to pull off an act of self-deceit, let it happen. You could use the experience (and practice).
- Go ahead and be someone else if you want to. No one cares and you’re on vacation anyway.
- Leaving a couple things undone in a place is probably a good idea. Gives you a reason to think about going back.
- There’s no such thing as a free smoothie. Especially when you’ve already agreed to pay $28 for the buffet.
- The week after vacation, when you’re back at work and readily able to compare the two experiences (vacation vs. work), is going to suck. No matter what.
- Rent the Jeep.
- Good luck.