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The Smartest Thing I Do to Make Coming Back from Vacation Easier - A Vacation from Your Vacation

The Smartest Thing I Do to Make Coming Back from Vacation Easier - A Vacation from Your Vacation
From The Kitchn - July 17, 2017

Coming back from vacation is the worst. Let's just put that out there. Not only do you have to deal with getting back home (flying is never fun, but it's certainly worse on the return trip), but you also have to change your mental status from Drinking Pina Coladas by the Pool to Available for Inane Questions and Last-Minute Requests. There's the inevitable deluge of emails, a week of dinners to consider, and all that laundry. No fun!

And it's never going to be fun. But it can be just a little bit easier.

The Best Way to Make Coming Back from Vacation Easier

Always plan a buffer day. And if you can allow for two days before you have to get back to real life, even better.

When you are lounging on the beach, frosty beverage in hand, or eating your way through New Orleans, it can be difficult to consider cutting your vacation short. I get it. But here's the thing I always find: Come Friday or Saturday, I am already anticipating the onslaught of demands waiting for me back home. I might be eating beignets, but my head is back in Brooklyn. I might even be checking my work email in an attempt to ease the pain.

And is not it better to be checking emails (or thinking about what's in your freezer or whether you remembered to throw the milk out) back home? For one, it's less expensive to do this at home. It's also, in my opinion, considerably less stressful. (You can just open the fridge and see that yes, you did throw that milk out.)

How to Plan a Vacation Buffer

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