Last week, when I wrote about my weekend trip to Lake Placid, Mimi chimed in via Comments, saying, "If you're all that stressed, you should stay home and quit all this running around."
Then Dana countered, "I have a hard time rela at home. There's always something that is demanding my attention or time. When I 'get away' somewhere, that all goes away and I can relax and enjoy whoever I'm with, or the quiet."
For me, going away definitely relaxes and recharges me—as long as the schedule isn't so packed that vacation feels like Sherman's March and I remember to truly take in what I'm seeing. But that's just me: There's nothing I enjoy more than seeing new places, trying out different restaurants and taking countless photos.
I also see the value in just staying home sometimes, and I'm a big proponent of using middle-of-the-week vacation days to relax without leaving the house. Yesterday, I took the day off even though I didn't have anyplace to go. What did I do? Slept in, took a long bath, wrote today's newsletter, mopped the floor in my kitchen and living room, watched some TV and caught up on e-mail. A mixture of luxury and productivity, for sure, but it was nice to spend a day outside of the office.
So, I pose the same question to you: Do you find traveling stressful or rela? And do you prefer to travel or spend vacation time at home?—Jennifer Conrad