A Vacation From Vacation

This just in! I’m taking a little hiatus from perpetual motion to recover, regroup and refill the coffers – and celebrate a few huge friends and family milestones. Never fear, faithful readers – you won’t even notice a dip in all the travel stories you’ve come to expect. It’s business as usual around these parts!

5 Reasons to Take a Hiatus from Traveling

1. The Wedding of the Year. Erin & Chris are getting married! If you’ve followed me since the Big Apple Angie days, you know all about this lass. College roommate, Delta Delta Delta sorority sister, NYC roommate, big-time partner in shenanigans – we have been friends since we were teenagers and all my best memories from the University of Florida & New York include her. She’s marrying the love of her life tomorrow and I wouldn’t miss it for the whole wide world. As a bonus, I’m so excited to see dozens of other friends from college and NYC at the wedding, and most importantly, Erin’s awesome dad, who always gives me $2 bills for getting good grades. This is going to be an unforgettable weekend!

Delta Love. (Yes. I’m a blonde. And yes, my arm is in a sling. Of course.)

2. Sibling birthdays! My brother & sister are my shining stars! Alex turns 26 in August and our baby sister, who in our minds remains 3-years-old, is turning 18 in September. I’ll probably cry all day – my baby’s all grown up! – but at least I’ll be there to share in the cake & ice cream. (And a family trip to Disney World!)

Orthapalooza, Green Turtle Cay, Bahamas, 2010

3. Letting the grass grow under my feet. I’m exhausted. Somehow this magnificent journey has turned into quite a bit of work – for better and for worse at times. Thailand nearly killed me & Europe’s been outstanding, but expensive and so emotionally draining. Don’t get me wrong – I still love traveling and I’ll be back on the road in no time, but I am ready to sleep in the same comfy bed for a few weeks, catch up on work and get some new projects underway. I have much more to say about this topic, so watch for the next edition of Reflections from the Road.

Yes. I’m that tired.

4. I need to re-energize. Not having a routine is brilliant in so many respects, but I never seem to have time for a really intense workout. Or any legit workout at all. And it’s next to impossible to eat decent food when half the time you don’t even know what it is you’re eating anyhow. (Looking at you, Thailand.) Mom has secured a workout program for us, so she, Rachel and I will be buff and I will feel much stronger next time I head out on the road. Ideally we’re also going to eat healthy… but I haven’t had Pinkberry, ChickFilA, Carrabba’s, Steak n’ Shake, Shake Shack or Chipotle in 7+ months, so … there might be a bit of cheating to satisfy some long-standing cravings.

5. All the basics. I can’t wait to use Facebook or Tweet or play Words with Friends on my iPhone without having to connect to Starbucks WiFi. It sounds so trivial, but it’s been ages since I’ve been able to just use my phone as it was designed to be used… and I can’t wait. Feel free to call & text me incessantly! (Except you, Time Warner Cable. Please stop stalking me. I don’t live in NYC anymore and I don’t want to bundle my cable.) And I can’t wait to do laundry whenever I want! And wear all my clothes and shoes and accessories instead of the same old stuff I’ve been wearing for 7 months. (Admit it, you’re sick of it, too!) And I will use a million different beauty products, and get a manicure, pedicure, facial and haircut. It is truly a life of comfort back home, and I confess that I can’t wait to get back to it even for just a little while.

Nothing about the rest of the year is set in stone just yet (and I know how you hate uncertainty), but don’t fret! I have some fantastic ideas for the next adventure (I may be bringing a special guest who you’ll absolutely love), some exciting new business prospects and one heckuva November birthday party in the works. Thanks for sticking with me – I guarantee it’s going to get pretty wild around here, so stay tuned!

So tell me… after an extended time away, what do you most look forward to getting back to?

Up next…. Greece, Turkey, Spain & England!

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  • August 05, 2011
    Mary Cisko

    Hi Angie! Don’t know when the photo with your hair blond was taken (gorgeous!), but if it is recent, we will be twins (one gorgeous, one not!). I am in a sling from having hand surgery yesterday. Looking forward to seeing you while you are home. Love, Mary

    • August 07, 2011

      I heard you’re recovering well =) See you Sunday!!!

  • August 05, 2011

    I think even though traveling is the greatest thing in the world, a break is always needed at some point!

    • August 07, 2011

      Glad you agree =) Sometimes you just wanna kick back and watch TV in your own language!

  • August 05, 2011
    Tom

    A break is always needed! I’m always so happy to get back into my own bed and have my home comforts around me again ever once in a while. No matter what amazing places I’ve been to, nothing beats home.

    • August 07, 2011

      Absolutely! There’s nothing so disappointing as feeling burned out when you’re in an amazing new place… can’t wait to get some sleep & then get back out there!

  • August 05, 2011

    Enjoy your break! Best way to get the creative juices flowing again

    • August 23, 2011

      It really is helpful! Now that I’m not trying to figure out where to stay every night =)

  • August 06, 2011

    I think you need a possible new business partnership and a whole new influx of work ideas…. 🙂

  • August 06, 2011
    Wendy

    Great to see you safe at home. And I didn’t realize you were a Tri Delta too! 😉 My pledge sisters are still some of my best friends 20 years later. Take time to recharge, and I’ll look forward to reading about your adventures!

  • August 07, 2011

    Welcome back, my dear! And you know how jealous I am of your Orlando follies–will it include WWoHP, too? 😉

  • August 07, 2011

    Also, Rachel seems far more mature than 18–I can’t believe she’s so young actually! Love that girl.

    • August 07, 2011

      She is the best, isn’t she? Can’t wait until she’s old enough to take all over the world… I still see a huge sister trip in our future!

  • August 22, 2011

    You are a completely amazing friend to travel all this way and to dub that wedding “of the year”. muahaha! I’m so glad I got to see you and I loved the photos you posted and I hope my Dad delivered on that $2! xo

    • August 23, 2011

      I’m sad to say I didn’t get $2, but I probably ate twice my weight in food so let’s call it even. Welcome back from the honeymoon of the year! I love you!

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