I’m back from a very long trip…the longest trip I’ve ever taken.
I realize some of you will snicker when I reveal my vacation was only 3.5 weeks, but for someone who is used to taking 2-3 day trips, this was a total change of pace.
My introduction to Etihad Airways, with four premium segments including the A380 and 777 in first class, was great. I also flew United, British Airways, SpiceJet, Indigo, and SriLankan Airlines. I’ve been in Germany, India, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives, with the longest stretch being nearly two weeks in India. Destinations included Hyderabad, Goa, Chennai, Colombo, and the Park Hyatt’s own Maldivian island (if you’re sensing a Park Hyatt trend, you’d be correct).
I had one goal in mind — to relax and recharge for 2016. It didn’t happen.
Award Expert is no longer a hobby, but a full-time venture and thriving company. I don’t do it alone, but like any business owner I cannot just delegate everything and check out. Each day there were issues that required my attention and some nights I found myself sitting in the living room of my suite or in the hotel lobby when I did not get upgraded trying to address them.
I thought that by the time I reached the Maldives, the last five nights of my trip, it would be a time my wife and I could relax and I really could keep my laptop and cell phone off. Nope. Same stress levels. I didn’t get past the first chapter of the books I brought along nor did I make any dents on my long-delayed trip reports.
It is a phase…at least that is what I tell myself…like China’s “Great Leap Forward” an attempt to set up success in the years to come (not that I condone Maoist policies). The flight home from Abu Dhabi to LA was over 16 hours and I finally decided to unplug. No internet, no laptop…just good food, plenty of sleep, and a couple decent movies. That’s pretty pathetic.
I’m back in LA and tired…this was not a restful trip. Part of the problem, it seems to me, is that the trip was just too long. Had it been a shorter trip, say five days, I could have better planned for it and actually relaxed. Instead, it was too long to take a break. It’s tough to go halfway around the world and only stay a few days, but next time the trip will be shorter.
What is your ideal trip length?