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It Got Me Thinking…About Vacation May 1, 2012

By Kathleen Guthrie Woods


I’m going on vacation.


Let me rephrase that: I am going on vacation for three whole weeks!


The last time I took off more than 10 days in a row was in 2006 (and it was because I had Chicken Pox, so it doesn’t really count). I took a two-week vacation in junior high school, then throughout high school and college I worked every spring, summer, and winter break because it was more important to earn a few bucks than take a well-earned breather. As a new-to-the-workforce young adult, I stretched my vacation days over long weekends and family holiday gatherings. As a new freelancer, I couldn’t imagine being able to take time off, let alone taking time away from the business that I loved and the clientele I’d worked so hard to create. (And I am well aware that our non-U.S. LWB readers are shaking their heads in disbelief at our crazy American work ethic.)


Can I just say this feels reeeeeeealllllly good? And can I also say that I recognize how lucky I am that I am free to check out for so long because, unlike most of my friends my age, I don’t have to worry about the kids.


This is no small thing. If I had kids, I’d be planning a trip to Disneyland or a family-friendly cruise or a stay in a resort that features pools with slides. I’d still be in mommy-mode, and it really wouldn’t be the break I need. Instead, I can turn off my cell phone, ignore e-mail, set aside my usual responsibilities, and pay attention to my own head and heart for a change.


Yes, I’ll be touring, experiencing, tasting, and exploring, but on vacation pace. My pace. Some people might accuse me of being selfish (and as a childfree woman, it wouldn’t be the first time I’d heard that). I think I’m being smart. I think I’ve worked hard and have earned my vacation. I plan on enjoying every quiet moment.



Kathleen Guthrie Woods is a Northern California–based freelance writer. She’s already making a list of destination options for her next vacation.


8 Responses to “It Got Me Thinking…About Vacation”

  1. rainbowbrite1979 Says:

    Have a BLAST!! You most certainly deserve this break 🙂

  2. Kellie Says:

    I hope vacation is wonderful for you!!! I’ll be doing the same in November…2-1/2 wonderful weeks away from the daily grind. Can’t wait to hear all about your trip.

  3. Nadine Says:

    Have a good time. I just came back for a week away and It was so worth it.

  4. CiCi Says:

    One of the many bonuses to THIS life 🙂 Enjoy yourself on your fabulous vacay away!!!

  5. Jules Says:

    Enjoy your break, big, big big time!!! I had been away for a month last year in Hawaii, and it was sure worth the time.

  6. Mali Says:

    Also – if you had kids, you’d have to travel when school was out. That’s one of the best things I think. (I even have our school term dates – and Australia’s – bookmarked on my browser, to ensure I never travel during school holidays!!)

    I don’t see what is selfish about taking some time out when you’ve earned it! Three weeks will be fabulous – relax and enjoy, and then give us a full report when you return.

  7. DAK Says:

    lol ditto! I leave soon for Jamaica and I was just there 7 mos. ago. It’s called No College Fund. A good perk to being childfree ; )

  8. Vicki Says:

    Love and a “you go girl!” from your mother-in-law. My luggage tag quotes St. Augustine: “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page.”

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