Kauai was wonderful: the trip home and re-entry, not so much.
The island was gorgeous. I was staying on the North Shore in Princeville and the weather was cloudy, which means that it would rain for a bit, then stop, the clouds might clear and repeat.
My friend, Bonnie, and I did water things – snorkeling and pool time; did sightseeing things – the Botanical Garden and the Kilauea Lighthouse; and ate at some wonderful restaurants. All in all, I wound up refreshed and relaxed.
Then the flight home, which started off an hour and a half delayed, followed by a cacophony of crying babies for five hours during the flight. Just when I thought I was on my last nerve, despite the sound suppressing headphones, we landed. Whew!
Re-entry started! I finally got home around midnight to an empty house. The first time I’ve returned home to singlehood in 25 years, so I’m out of practice!
The phenomenon of post-vacation blues is real, I’m feeling it, despite living in a paradise of another sort here in Southern California and so is my travel mate.
In my book Everything I Learned About Life I Learned on Vacation, I talk about re-entry and how to deal with it. One thing is remembering that it takes about a day for every hour of time change to get over jet lag, so it took me three days to recover. Then there is decompressing from the fabulous trip – debriefing yourself: what was great, what not so great (nothing on this trip) and what would I do differently next time?
This trip I came home to the final preparation for my husband’s “Celebration of Life “and the feelings that brings – the sadness and grief of his passing and the joy of having known this kind, sensitive man – one of the good guys. It’s a lot but life continues.
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How about you?
How do you handle the re-entry after vacation and those post-vacation blues?
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Until the next time.
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