Taking advantage of travel breaks

a cross stitch of a row of housesY’all, I have been gone a lot lately. In the last 12 weeks I’ve been to Vegas, Colorado, Nashville (twice), Toronto, south Texas, Manila, Connecticut, New York, and Dallas. Whew! I’m finally home for a few weeks, and I am very excited to spend time with my baby and husband, hang out with friends, and sleep (oh yes, the sleep). Of course, there will be a fair amount of prepping for the next round of travel (which is never that far away!). Here are a few things I will be doing that will help me get ready to get on the road again:

Replenishing supplies. All of these trips have really taken a toll on my toiletries! I need to replace just about everything, from my shampoo to my toothpaste to my razor. My makeup bag was also hit pretty hard, so I will be checking to see if any of my cosmetics need updating as well.

Updating my wardrobe. Somehow, I always end up taking the same 5-7 outfits on all of my trips. By the end of the travel period, either a) I am sick to death of all of them; or b) I’ve literally worn them out, which happens often with simple tees or tanks. I plan to spend some time while I’m home going through my wardrobe and deciding on the next 5-7 outfits, adding a few interesting pieces where I can or just replacing stuff that’s just done.

Touching base. After a marathon of travel, I typically feel like I’ve lost touch with my friends and loved ones. I plan to spend a lot of time over the next few weeks catching up with my family and friends.

Working out. It’s a cliché, I know, but sometimes it is so hard to find time to exercise on the road. I will be getting a lot of nice physical activity while I’m home, including my two favorites, swimming and yoga.

Readers, what do you do on breaks from travel?


  1. Sure, just slip Manila right in the middle of the other states.

    Since I do not travel often and I’ve traveled more in the last five months than in the last five years, I like to catch up on sleep. Last weekend was the first weekend I got to sleep in and relax and felt much better this week.

    I am also using the few months I am home to train for my next few marathons in the fall.

  2. Catching up on personal business, bills, finances etc. and I’ll second what SK said. I too am a marathon runner and try to catch up on my training. It’s harder to get the miles in on the road most of the time.

  3. i can’t even imagine how big of a pain your expense reports are to do. that was always the first thing i did when i got back from traveling.

  4. Since my daughter was born, I find that I get more sleep and more exercise in while traveling than I do at home! I take advantage of it.

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