A slightly edited re-post for your plant-based travel pleasure :)
I’ve been going back and forth to Connecticut recently and also have some upcoming travel plans this spring (Halleluja! praying hands emoji!). I LOVE to travel and explore new places. But for me, adventuring can create lapses in judgement resulting in poor decision making in eating unhealthy foods, overeating out of boredom and overspending at restaurants. Staying plant-based and budget conscious while traveling can be tricky, but hardly impossible. And once you know a few tricks of the trade and have a rough game plan, you will even have some fun with it! Here are some recommendations for staying the course, allowing you to fully enjoy yourself on your next trip while keeping the damage to a minimum.
Pack your own food. If you have a stash of healthy options with you it will make stopping at the next convenience store or restaurant less likely. Here are some ideas on what to pack based on my experience: fruit, whole-grain pretzels, water (if I’m road tripping I like to keep a case of water in the car), Belvita snacks, Lara bars, That’s It fruit bars, applesauce, quick wrap ingredients of tortillas, hummus and mixed greens, overnight oats and loads of cooked potatoes with my horseradish mustard (omg so good). I also pack foods that create a meal just by adding hot water, say, at a hotel or convenience store, such as oatmeal packets and Dr. McDougall’s Right Foods. It’s also useful to pack cans of low-sodium beans (don’t forget the can opener) and shelf stable pre-cooked rice and quinoa that you can eat at room temp or heat easily in the microwave when you reach your destination. Oh! And I ALWAYS carry a container of condiments that I can add to any of the above. I have an ongoing “collection” from hotel stays (peanut butter, jelly- simply stir into a packet of plain oatmeal and hot water for some quick pb & j oats) or truck stops... an amazing opportunity for creating your first condiment cache- ketchup, mustard, soy sauces, hot sauces, honey mustard, etc).
Restaurants: Even though I don’t want to and probably can’t afford to eat out EVERY meal while on the road, I really do enjoy eating in a restaurant once in awhile or even once a day while traveling. You will find that Asian, Mexican, Italian and, believe it or not, Steak houses are great choices to ensure getting a plant-based meal.
Asian restaurants offer rice, steamed veggies with soy sauce or teriyaki, vegetable sushi, tofu curries and fresh spring rolls with dipping sauce. Mexican is great for having rice and beans with salsa, guacamole and I always ask for an order of their corn tortillas. You can also order fajitas and ask if they will “dry” fry, steam or saute the vegetables in water for oil free option. Order a salad and you could have any of the above as a salad, burrito, tacos or a bowl. When I go to an Italian place I usually order pasta with marinara sauce, salad with balsamic vinegar or lemon wedges and fresh bread or veggie pizza without cheese topped with crushed red pepper. (I’m getting hungry). Steak houses are wonderful in that you can always get a plain baked or sweet potato, steamed vegetables, and a fresh salad. Personally I like to put this all together with some BBQ sauce as a dressing (many are made without oil). Breakfast spots and coffee shops/cafes almost always offer bagels with jelly or peanut butter, sometimes hummus with fresh vegetables, oatmeal made with water or nondairy milk, fresh fruit, and nuts... if I notice that they serve avocado on the menu, I will order it with whole grain toast, slice of tomato and red pepper flakes or hot sauce to re-create a fabulous avocado toast I first had in NYC. Mmmmmm…. @thebutchersdaughter_official
Photo Credit The Butcher's Daughter
Gas stations and grocery stores: Don’t forget these little gems. The grocery store produce sections are filled with pre-washed/cut fruits and vegetables...the meal doesn’t get any quicker than that! Look for low-sodium canned beans (be sure to pack your can opener or pick up a cheap one at the dollar store), shelf stable rice and quinoa, and often there are vegetarian canned soups such as Annie’s Organics Soups (check the ingredients list for dairy) available to heat when you get to your destination. Also the freezer section has quite the bounty with microwaveable pre-cooked frozen rice, mixed vegetables, herbs, riced cauliflower and frozen fruit (frozen cherries are currently my favorite snack). You can also pick up a bag of potatoes to microwave in your hotel room and many grocery stores now have fresh salads and olive bars. For a quick breakfast you can pick up cereal and nondairy milk, nondairy yogurt or plain bagels (no need to buy condiments if you’ve brought along your own or pick up when you get to the hotel). Check out the videos in the resources guide for the field trip the girls and I took to our local Walmart Superstore for some other ideas!
Gas stations are getting better and better offering fresh fruit, hummus packs, That’s It fruit bars, Clif Bars (check ingredients list), whole grain pretzels and unsalted nuts. Many convenience stores offering made-to-order meals have rice and beans for wrap options...just add salsa and load up with veggies and guac.
Get creative. Look at the menu and notice all the components in each offering and check out the listed sides. Often the sides will offer baked plain or sweet potatoes, steamed veggies, applesauce, and fresh fruit. These combined with a house salad can make a meal. Once, I noticed portobello mushrooms from one entree and avocado from another...and I put it atop my baked potato and steamed veggies to create a potato bowl.
It doesn’t hurt to ask for what you want. You are a patron of the restaurant and are entitled to ask for and get something you can eat. You are deserving and you should not feel as though you’re being ‘difficult’. That said, most often I am met with chefs and servers who are eager to come up with something I can eat. With all the many dietary restrictions and food sensitivities these days, it’s not that unusual to have a special request. I’ve even had chefs (many times, actually) come out to see how I liked the meal they created for me (Disney World has THE most accommodating eateries on the planet!). These people are talented in their own right and are usually pleased to create something different from what’s on the daily menu. Be gracious and thank them personally, if you can, and tip them generously for their efforts.
It doesn’t always go the way you hoped it would. The most common mistake I make is forgetting to ask for “no cheese”. Especially remember to request “no cheese” when ordering a house salad or a plate of pasta. It almost always comes with cheese even if it doesn’t say so in the menu description. No-Oil salad dressings can also present a problem. Most often restaurants will have balsamic vinegar, fresh lemon wedges, fat free dressings, salsa or hummus...but sometimes they don’t. For master troubleshooting I have been known to smuggle in an avocado and lemon wedges (makes an awesome hearty dressing- smash with fork, squeeze lemon with a pinch of salt- you can put it together discreetly right in the salad) or one of my homemade favorites , tahini or fat-free balsamic dressings. If possible, check the online menu before arriving. It helps to have a rough game plan to avoid feeling put on the spot and caving in to one of your traditional dairy or oil-laden go-tos. You are in the driver’s seat here...stick to the plan!!
Apps and Websites: I enjoy a website called happycow.net which allows you to search a specific geographical area for veg friendly restaurants. They also have a free downloadable app to use while on the road. While it is super fun to check out the local vegan and vegetarian scene, their menu items are often loaded with fat and highly processed ingredients. I usually stick to and do the best at “regular” restaurants and can honestly say I’ve never been to a place that has not been able to come up with something to eat--even if it’s an unexciting mustard, lettuce, and tomato sandwich. I tell myself it’s just one meal...and I actually love MLT’s!! (Add banana peppers, red onion and avocado WHENEVER possible..delish.)
Just remember to do your best! For me, food has always been such a fun part of travel, but I have to remind myself of the many other fun aspects of the journey: meaningful conversation with my travel partner, listening to educational podcasts, stopping at a picturesque vista, listening to an audiobook, self-guided walking tours, meaningful visits with friends or family, a random hike to a waterfall or unexpected stop at a cool little town, people watching, stopping for a good cup of local coffee or taking in a tea-tasting (going to do this on my next trip to CT)...not to mention most of these are free or cost very little, yet add so much value and meaning to my adventuring.
I would love to hear about YOUR next get-a-way and what you might do differently this time to create the best experience with memories that will last a lifetime….without the guilt.
I have always loved food. I’m what you might consider a “foodie”, which by Merriam-Webster's definition is a person who has an avid interest in the latest food fads. I actually had to look that up. Wikipedia defines a foodie as a person who has an ardent or refined interest in food and alcoholic beverages. A foodie seeks new food experiences as a hobby rather than simply eating out of convenience or hunger. The terms "gastronome" and "epicure" define the same thing, i.e. a person who enjoys food for pleasure. That’s me.
I enjoy layers of texture and complementary flavors on the front and back end of the bite. I love the break of the bite itself. I love the colors in a dish and unique pairings that surprise and awe when they come together in the mouth.
And when I take inventory of the people in my life, I find many of them to be foodies, as well. Not all. But most. My parents are not big eaters. They fall under the “Eat to Live” category. But my husband, though not a foodie by birth, has grown into being somewhat of a food connoisseur as his tastes have changed over time, presumably, due to living with me all these years.
Two of my closest friends enjoy food in the way that I do. When making plans together, the first question is always, “Where are we going to eat?!” One of my girlfriends can be heard making unusual noises when she’s taken that first bite of something that’s met or exceeded her expectations; there is audible moaning and her eyes sort of roll back in her head. And people start to stare. It’s sort of like the restaurant scene, you know which one, from Harry Met Sally. I enjoy sharing a dining experience with people that have a similar (or heightened!) appreciation for food. It’s a little like church.
Trying new foods and restaurants has always been priority when making our travel plans and visiting new places. Eating my way through a city is one of my favorite pastimes. Take New York City, for example. You could pick a theme, “NYC’s Best Pizza and Beer”, start in the Upper East Side, work your way through Manhattan’s most notable pizza places and pubs only to end up having dessert in Brooklyn. Then you could write a blog post about it.
So. As I’ve been catching up with all my foodie friends and relatives this week after having been in New Orleans, they’ve all asked, “How was the food?”
My reply, “Eh.”
Now let me be clear that New Orleans has the most incredible restaurants and food, famous to be sure. Words that come to mind: seafood, spicy, sausage. So, if you’re not into that sort of thing, than New Orleans cuisine may not be for you. As I was telling you last week, they are known for their rich signature dishes of Gumbo, Jambalaya, Andouille, Crawfish Étoufféé, Shrimp Creole, Muffuletta, Oysters Rockefeller and their famous Beignets. When I first visited five years ago, still eating seafood and hadn’t yet cut out the oils, the food was phenomenal! I remember being so excited to seek out the places that served the best of the best and took it on as my personal mission to do just that.
But something has changed for me over the past couple of years. And it’s not just the fact that I no longer eat seafood. New Orleans, and many places where I enjoy spending time, offers plenty of vegan or vegetarian versions of their famous food. I think that since I’ve cut out oils from my diet (and I’ve admitted I’m not perfect at this), my taste buds have changed...healed, really. The food is just too rich for me. I’m now preferring simpler meals. The real shocker is that I don’t really enjoy eating out as much as I used to. Of course, I do every now and again, but I prefer my own cooking as eating out is losing it’s appeal.
Admittedly, I’ve always wanted to be more of an “Eat to Live” person, like my parents, or to at least know what that was like. To stop halfway through a meal because I’m satisfied and simply can’t bother with finishing the rest...sort of bored with the food after it’s done its job. Or to pack PB & J sandwiches and a few apples for the road rather than to scope out and plan a day trip around stopping at a certain restaurant that’s known for their signature sandwiches piled high with coleslaw and French fries or even the tofu poboy that all the vegan foodies are raving about on PETA's website.
The thing is, I’m making the shift. I think my favorite restaurant fare in New Orleans was the clapped together dinner I ordered from the sides menu at the restaurant with no vegetarian offerings: plain baked potato, side salad, grilled asparagus and balsamic vinegar. It was delicious, simple, satiating and it was a fraction of the price of what my family was ordering, to boot.
Bottom Line: Once I became informed and stopped eating all the extra fat, sugar and salt many restaurants and food companies add to their foods to keep us coming back for more, I began to taste the food for what it really is. I had the most delicious orange yesterday. And, because I think I’ve broken my food addictions, I didn’t need to turn it into a fruit parfait to enjoy.
So why am I telling you all of this? Well, I guess to share with all my fellow foodies out there who think it might be a lost cause to lose that strong hold food has over us, who believe we are hard-wired to plan our whole day around what we are eating and where we are eating it, and for those of us who can't manage to spend time with others without having the meal taking center stage...I’m here to tell you things can and do change.
Are you an Eat to Live or Live to Eat kind of person? In the spirit of transparency, I'll admit I am straddling both sides of the fence here. I LOVE food. I love to eat. But my focus has shifted from the food to the person I’m spending precious time with, to the sights and sounds of what's going on around me and to enjoy food in a nutritious and healthy way. And breaking some of my food addictions has enabled me to at least climb that proverbial fence to enjoy life... with or without the food.
If you’re interested in learning more about why it's so difficult for us to make the right choices when it comes to our food, and if you want to find out EXACTLY what you can do to make this shift yourself, check out this brilliant 17 minute Ted talk from Douglas Lisle, Director of Research for True North Health Center and co-author of the thought provoking book, The Pleasure Trap.
New Orleans. The Crescent City. NOLA. The City That Care Forgot. N’awlins! If you’ve never been to New Orleans (pronounced New Or-luns rather than New Or-leans to avoid being pegged for a tourist straight away), I’m going to do my best to bring her to you. I first fell in love with this city 5 years ago when my husband surprised me with a trip to celebrate my 40th birthday. Unbeknownst to me, he had collaborated with our best friends, Scott and Wendy, to meet us there, whom we’d met years ago right after we married, living below them in our very first apartment in Columbia, SC.
It was a fast and easy friendship for us at a time when I wasn’t really looking for friends. New to motherhood, pursuing a career in interior design and figuring out marriage and adulthood all around seemed to be a full time gig. Our husbands had common interests in playing basketball and golf; we began watching Friends together every Thursday night during NBC’s Must See TV, complete with a spaghetti dinner, one of the few meals either of us young brides knew how to make at the time.
Wendy played second mother to our daughter Lucie, which was invaluable help and support with our families living so far away. In the end, we bought houses side-by-side, had babies together, even ended up in the same hospital room just months apart when our daughters were born, Amelia and Olivia, who have grown up knowing each other always and remain wonderfully close friends. We added two more little girls to the mix, Sally then Ella and even went as far as adopting our dogs, both Maltese, brother and sister, from the same breeder during the same year.
There is more common ground, but this is starting to sound weird.
It wasn’t long before jobs and circumstances took us in different directions, geographically speaking. Scott and Wendy moved back home to be near family, as did we, but our bonds of friendship have stood the test of time.
So on the birthday trip to New Orleans, 5 years ago, Scott and Wendy were waiting for us in a lounge off of the hotel lobby. It was one of two times in my life when I was truly surprised. I was so caught off guard, completely shocked at the sight of our dearest friends serendipitously standing in the same hotel, in the same fabulous city, I cried like a baby and peed my pants at the same time.
I wish I were kidding.
We all went on to have an unforgettable time and Tom and I started planning our next visit before the birthday trip was even over. So imagine our surprise and delight when we got word that after years of military service, Scott and Wendy's family were being relocated to New Orleans! We’ve had the good fortune to make the trip to visit them twice since.
New Orleans is situated between the mighty Mississippi River and Lake Ponchartrain. We all watched when on August 29, 2005, the storm surge of Hurricane Katrina caused approximately 23 breaches in drainage canal and navigational canal levees and floodwalls, flooding and ravaging 80 percent of the city and outlying parishes (Louisiana is 1 of 2 states to have parishes rather than counties) while miraculously sparing the heart of the city, The French Quarter, with all its rich history and nuances of Bourbon St, Royal St, Magazine St and the Garden District, St. Louis Cathedral, Cafe du Monde, the French Market and some of the oldest architecture in our history still standing. The aftermath of Katrina has a living presence here and it seems impossible when talking with the locals for it not to come up. To me, there seems to be ‘before Katrina’ and ‘after Katrina’ and everyone has their story.
I don’t think New Orleans is for everyone. I’d once heard her described so perfectly as ‘an elegant woman with dirty fingernails’. With many sections of the city situated below sea level, you can’t quite catch a breath of fresh air here. It’s a mixture of stale beer, urine, garbage and a little bit of marajuana mixed in. They wash and hose it away every morning, but, really, it has no place to go. And NOLA makes no apologies for this. You can love her or leave her, if she's not your cup of tea.
That’s why I love it here. There is just a shameless, unapologetic sinful pride about everything New Orleanian. The City That Care Forgot is home to its signature Hurricane drink, voodoo, jazz, poker, Creole cuisine, Mardi Gras, beignets, legendary vampires and ghosts, haunted places, drive-through daiquiris, cemeteries with above ground tombs, along with it’s share of grave robberies, po-boys, daily parades for the seemingly helluvit (weddings and funerals alike), and the sexiest American accent in the country, if you’re asking me, Harry Connick, Jr.
The city has its own authenticity and vibe. While there is plenty of Spanish and French influence here, you won’t find anything typical or reminiscent of other U.S. cities. Not much is borrowed from anywhere else. It’s all theirs, baby.
They have 4 seasons here: Shrimp, Oyster, Crawfish and Crab. At first glance you’d be hard pressed to find a plant-based option on any menu in New Orleans with restaurants offering their rich signature dishes of Gumbo, Jambalaya, Andouille, Crawfish Etouffee, Shrimp Creole, Muffuletta, and Oysters Rockefeller. But it’s not impossible. Staying with friends makes things easier by cooking meals at home, while generally eating out once a day. I’ve had great options at local restaurants such as jerk vegetable tacos, black beans and plantains, vegetarian Cajun stew, Jane Deaux braised greens tacos and in the one case when the restaurant did not offer a vegetarian option I was able to use my shop-the-sides strategy, ordering a plain baked potato, side salad and grilled asparagus.
Personally, I don’t normally seek out vegan restaurants when traveling. Not wanting to force that decision for my fellow diners, I tend to do pretty well at mainstream places and find many vegan restaurants use highly processed “fake” meats and other ingredients I only enjoy as the occasional treat. If you’re planning a trip to the Big Easy and want to check out the vegan scene, PETA has compiled a list of eateries for you here.
Shop-the-sides when the menu is lacking vegetarian or vegan options!
Finding yourself with a few days to burn here in New Orleans? Here are a few of my recommendations for taking in much of what this great city has to offer plus a few
off-the-beaten path local highlights:
Cafe du Monde: Start here in the morning at the original French Market stand for the city's famous coffee and beignets.
The French Market: Take a stroll through 6 blocks of farmers market, flea market , local food and drinks; open 7 days a week.
Royal Street: Wander through colorful art galleries and classy boutiques featuring local artists and enjoy live music in every direction.
St. Louis Cathedral and Jackson Square: Check out the city’s most prominent landmark, St. Louis Cathedral at Jackson Square, the oldest Catholic cathedral in continual use in the United States. Take in a walk around the square with its local artists, fortune tellers, street performers and live music.
Pat O’Briens and Bourbon Street: Get your Hurricane here while enjoying the courtyard and ambience of NOLA’s pre-Prohibition bar and piano lounge. Bourbon Street isn't my favorite scene, but it's a worth taking a peek and sets the bar for people watching. #wow.
Voodoo Authentica: Don’t bother with the other touristy voodoo shops if you’re curious about New Orleans voodoo, or its cultural form of Afro-American religions developed by enslaved West and Central African populations in Louisiana. These people seem to be the real deal and can sort out what you think you may already know about these religious folkways and traditions.
St. Louis Cathedral, Jackson Square
The National WWII Museum: Formerly known as the D-Day Museum, this military history museum is located in the Central Business District of New Orleans. It’s pretty impressive and a great way to spend the morning or afternoon.
New Orleans’ Streetcar: Take a ride on the oldest continuously operating street railway system in the world. I recommend taking the longest of the lines, St. Charles Avenue, getting on in the Garden District and riding all the way through the Quarter.
The Rum House: Located on Magazine Street in the Garden District, this is a popular restaurant for great Caribbean food and tacos. Try the Jerk Vegetable tacos and their signature drink, the Painkiller, a good remedy for all the walking you'll be doing.
The Bayou Beer Garden: More of a local scene, this oddly connected property is complete with its charming lit patios, beer and wine bars and meandering pathways. Kind of a fun way to do some people watching and take in a game or two.
Taceaux Loceaux Food Truck: We first learned of New Orleans' beloved taco truck when it was featured in Anthony Bourdain's The Layover in 2013. It’s easiest to keep up with them via social media...I follow on Instagram @tlnola where they post their location. We caught up with them at Dos Jefes Uptown Cigar Bar.
Taceaux Loceaux offers several vegan options regularly.
John Laffite’s Swamp Tours: Located only twenty-five minutes from New Orleans in the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, Jean Lafitte Swamp and Airboat Tours explore Louisiana's back country along its meandering bayous abundant with wildlife and exotic plant life. Trained navigators escort you into the murky waters of Louisiana swamps where you will come face to face with the beauty and beasts of nature. We got lucky on this trip to watch a bald eagle feed her babies in a nearby nest. We saw plenty of alligators and turtles of all ages and even caught sight of a feral pig wandering around the bayou.
John Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve: FREE. Just up the road from John Lafitte’s Swamp Tours, this preserve protects significant examples of the rich natural and cultural resources of Louisiana's Mississippi River Delta region. We walked the nature trails through the Barataria Preserve seeing many local plant species and the occasional alligator.
So, I don't really have any big story this week. I'm feeling a bit dreary, I'm afraid.
Which is ridiculous because I’ve just returned from a memorable vacation to Costa Rica! I had the honor and privilege of serving as bridesmaid in the wedding of dear friends. My second born daughter, Amelia, was my travel companion, which made it extra special as she is in her first year at college... far enough from home that we don't get to see her very often. I tend to hold on to these prolonged visits as a toddler would hold on to the ankles of their mother while pitching a fit. Don't go!!
Side bar: For those of you who’ve sent your child off to college for the first time, you must know the heartache of not only missing them, but of all the life they take with them. The friends, the hoopla, the slamming doors, the demands, the animated stories, the laughter, the gossip, the overall energy they bring into the world. It all leaves the house and goes with them...to school. To their new community. It’s something to get used to, that’s for sure.
But this trip. It was unforgettable, really. Not only this special time with my daughter but also spending time with friends, old and new. Lisa, the bride, not only is a wonderful friend to me, but she has brought really special people into my life. Great friends I now travel and meet up with regularly. Time spent with them is full of fun and laughter, sometimes tears. In Costa Rica I was able to meet other friends of the wedding couple. Husbands and wives, mothers and daughters, mothers and sons, brothers and sisters, friends from high school, in-laws and outlaws... It was just a wonderful mix of people and I got to sit back and soak up the love among us all.
The Monkey Bar, photo credit Lisa Kronander (the bride!)
Then there was the food. I had been asked a few of times how I planned to stay plant-based on this trip. It was so easy! Seasonal and locally grown tropical fruits: watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew melon, papaya, pineapple and bananas. They served a number of themed entrées, but I stuck to a daily variety of beans and rice dishes along with many selections of greens and vegetables from a gorgeous, fresh salad bar with all the toppings you could imagine.
Plus there was fresh guacamole- the biggest bowl you've ever seen. I knew it was freshly made because they'd left all the stones mixed in...a fun little trick for keeping it green through the course of the meal. I was in Heaven.
But see...Nothing starts to spoil a good vacation like, what my friend Chrissy likes to call, "Re-entry".
Re-entry is the time of transition that begins toward the end of your trip and can last up to a week after your return, minimum.
Re-entry, for me, usually begins 1-2 days before my return trip home. I start to think about re-packing, doing up the laundry so I have less to do when I get home, eating up the food, if that’s the case, checking my flight or gassing up the car, re-organizing my things in an effort to make packing easier on the last day, glancing at my calendar to see what my obligations are after I return home. Plus, I start to consider facing the fear of my imminent death by plane or car crash.
All of this starts to rob me of the last couple days of what is still considered my vacation.
And then I start to get sort of whiney, my alter ego surfaces, Debbie Downer, and I begin to have an overall sense of the blues.
I’ve been looking forward to this trip for so long. And now it’s here and now it’s gone. It’s over. And traveling back home doesn’t feel nearly as thrilling as it felt traveling TO my destination. Ever notice that? When I’m leaving for vacation I’d gladly get up at 2 am, take planes, trains and automobiles, gaily jumping through all the hoops, to get to where I’m going. But the trip home is so lackluster...I always feel as though I’m heading in the wrong direction. Like I'm going the wrong way. I have a very low tolerance for traffic, tight connections and people in general. Plus I'm usually out of money. Probably because I was so free with it in the beginning, during the honeymoon phase of my holiday.
I arrive home exhausted and annoyed that I have obligations the next day. That I didn’t allow myself some time to recuperate and rest. And frankly, this exhaustion is often tremendous. I’m not sure why...I was just on vacation! Shouldn’t I be refreshed and renewed with a new spring in my step?
Actually, I am remembering vacations when I did feel renewed and ready to come home. Times where I’ve been able to be away from home for 10 days or longer. As stay-at-home moms, my friend Wendy and I used to do this in the summer with our girls...a week or so at my house in PA and a week or so at her house in South Carolina. And there were summers when my in-laws would allow us extended stays at their condo on the beach, staying 2 weeks when we could and once we stayed THREE WEEKS! They were good to us.
Only after being away from home for 10 days or longer was I really able to feel like it had been a vacation. So maybe that’s it. Maybe our vacations just are not as long as they should be. We often short change ourselves in this country for what is a socially acceptable break from work and everyday life...7 days? But we have to remember to subtract for re-entry and subtract at least another day for travel on the front end...we are really only enjoying 3-4 days out of 7. I feel cheated.
I'm just saying.
So if it's impossible to take an extended vacation, what is the cure for suffering the effects of re-entry?
I have no idea.
The only thing I can think of that brings any relief at all is to start planning my next vacation.
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