DH and I discovered on this past trip that we are not really vacation people. We don’t do weeklong vacations very well. This revelation came just a few weeks after we had booked a two week vacation to Alaska, starting in Anchorage, going up to Denali, and then hopping on a cruise down the coast to Vancouver. We’re currently working on re-booking for a roundtrip out of Seattle instead, skipping the land tour portion. We’ve decided that we’ll do the land tour on its own at some separate date (and probably save money in the process).
There’s a few reasons, not the least of which is Pancake. Pancake really suffers when we leave for a week. I mean, he has a sitter, and he gets the basic necessities…and he’s not a clingy cat, but he becomes a clingy cat for a few days whenever we leave for an extended period. I cannot imagine how he’d be after two weeks of being alone. The other problem is my work. It is extremely stressful to me to leave work for a week. Our team is understaffed…there’s not a single person on our team that isn’t overcommitted. While my manager does her best to manage the chaos while I’m out, she doesn’t have the time to pursue things actively…which means that projects fall behind. There’s no way for me to delegate everything out because things change on a day-to-day basis, and there’s no way to anticipate what will come up. If I left for two weeks, I’d either have to work periodically while gone to keep things moving or I’d have a huge mess on my hands when I came back. This has almost always been true of my job. I can enjoy five days of vacation (i.e., a vacation around a weekend) pretty easily. It’s the ones beyond that become tough, I think. Around the sixth day of being gone (or the fourth day away from work), I start worrying about what I’ve missed, which really ruins the vacation. And lastly, we just tend to get bored or burned out after awhile. We’ve done long vacations for Bridge before, and by the sixth day of Bridge, we’re brain-tired. We can play, but our play suffers or our mood suffers (or both). For vacations like this past one, where we don’t really have anything set to do, it’s easy for us to become bored, especially if the place we’re at doesn’t have a ton of activities (which Punta Cana had but they often didn’t actually happen). I found myself going to lunch just because there wasn’t anything else to do…or drinking because I was bored…and those are bad reasons for both activities.
The only weeklong vacation that really felt perfect was Disney in 2009. We mixed Disney with Bridge and family visits. Our Disney visit always falls during CES week, so, between that and people still being on holiday, work doesn’t get behind the same way. We don’t get bored because there’s an overwhelming amount of things to do.
So, we’re thinking that after this (now reduced) Alaska cruise, we’ll do our best to stick to long weekend vacations for awhile. We may just be getting burned out. DH just keeps winning things. 😉 He’ll be more burned out than me here pretty soon with all of his casino-won/comped trips coming up. 🙂