The title of today’s post should really be in the form of a question. Seriously. How do you go anywhere, for an extended period of time, and still manage to tie up all the loose ends?
As you may know, Bryan and I are leaving on a jet plane next Thursday for magical Amsterdam. We’ll be gone for nine full days, making this our longest vacation ever. I’m equal parts excited, anxious, and nervous. This is the first time I’m really taking a vacation where I have my own clients and where sh*t might go down in my absence. And that worries me.
At the same time, I owe it to myself to take a hard-earned vacation and I’m unbelievably excited to get out of the country. Europe inspires me, soothes me, recharges me, and excites me. I can’t wait to bike ride through tulip fields, marvel at the pretty dams, and drink the finest coffee (with little sugar cubes on the side).
Here are some things I’ve been working on over the past few weeks to ensure I have a (somewhat) worry-free vacation.
- Unsubscribe from emails and clear out the inbox. If you’re like me, you placed an order once with a wine company and now you’re forever getting their new grape varietal announcement emails. Usually I just hit delete, but when I’m on vacation and have limited access to WiFi, I don’t want to waste precious time filtering through the crap. Unsubscribe from the junk you don’t want taking up space in your inbox when you return.
- Leave the itinerary at home. This is a new one for me and admittedly one that I’m somewhat struggling with. I love to plan everything from the breakfast we eat in the morning to the sights we’ll see that day. After much convincing, I’m taking a page from Bryan’s lax handbook on vaca planning, which goes a little something like this: book a vacation. Get excited about vacation. Go on vacation and do whatever the eff your heart desires. It’s a far cry from our Ireland trip where each day was mapped and planned and honestly? Kind of exhausting.
- Work like mad. Take the weeks before your vacation and get as caught up on the job as possible. I’m also trying to work ahead with some of the client work I have, so that when I come back, I can focus entirely on what I’ve missed.
- Plan your outfits ahead of time. I realize this probably contradicts the itinerary planning bullet, but work with me here. If you have your clothing laid out/planned in advance, you’ll take only what you need and it’ll ensure enough space so you can maybe bring home a souvenir or two. I’m finding that sticking with a color scheme helps, so while I’d love to bring my vegan leather brown jacket, if it doesn’t match anything, it stays home. Basta.
What do you do to prepare for vacation? Leave your answers in the comments below!