We scored a huge boondoggle! Our friends have bought a vacation rental in Hawaii and have invited us to come out and see it (and stay in it) as they get it ready for renters. So with free lodging and oodles of frequent flier miles, we just have to pay to feed ourselves (and buy drinks with umbrellas in them.) It's on the island of Molokai, which is very quiet and not very touristy, so a total escape.
But escape from what exactly? The good news is that it won't take that usual couple of days to unwind and start enjoying the island pace. We can hit the beach running, so to speak. But the big question is, when your whole life is vacation, what are you vacationing from when you go on an island vacation? I'm bringing a stack of books, my computer, and my homework for writing class; pretty much the same tools of my current trade when I'm sitting here at home.
So, will it feel differently doing my homework on the beach? Will I be more inspired to write while feeling the cool ocean breeze over my not-so-tan skin? Will reading books feel more decadent with a Mai Tai in hand? It will be interesting to see just how a vacation works when you are already on permanent vacation!