Rethinking Vacation: What Does it Mean to Go On Vacation This Year?

My family and I usually go on a trip this time of year. I’ll take anywhere from 7-10 days off work and we head down to the beach to eat ice cream cones, build sandcastles and rest our eyes in an AirBnB where I don’t have to make the beds. 

This year, it may or may not happen. 

While that makes me sad, it’s also forcing me to reconsider why I take vacation and what it means to be on “vacation.”

I’ve come to the conclusion that I don’t need to leave my house to get the benefits of a summer trip. 

Yep, ladies and gents, I’m talking about STAYcation which is finding ways to relax, breathe and ground yourself while staying home. 

This year, I’m turning off my notifications, soaking in my hot tub, and reflecting on all the badass things I accomplished the first half of the year. I really don’t get enough time to do that! I’m putting up a “out of the office” notification on my email and doing my best not to check it.

And that’s what vacation is about, right? Doing the things you normally don’t have time for. 

This year, it’s a full week without having to tell my kids that “mommy’s on a call right now.”

A full week of automatic reply emails that say “Dr. Weisman is out.” 

A full week of sleeping in, staying up late, watching movies, catching fireflies…doing whatever I want, when I want and not having to give a reason for it. 

Because I love my job and my life right now (seriously) but I still need a week to just be. 

And when I get back from that week…oh boy, I can already feel the renewed energy and creativity I’m going to unleash on the world. 

So, tell me, what does vacation mean to you?

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Errin Weisman DO

Errin Weisman, DO is the self-proclaimed wellness guru on Authentic Medicine. She is a life coach, podcaster and fierce advocate for wellness in medicine. She faced professional burnout early in her career and speaks openly about her story in order to help others, particularly female physicians and working moms, know they are not alone. Dr. Weisman wholeheartedly believes to be a healer, you must first fill your own cup. She lives and practices life coaching and medicine in rural Southwestern Indiana, loves her roles as farmer’s wife, athlete and mother of three.You can find out more about Dr. Weisman on her podcast Doctor Me First, her website truthrxs.com or hang out with her on social media @truthrxs. Her podcast is “Doctor Me First”. 

  2 comments for “Rethinking Vacation: What Does it Mean to Go On Vacation This Year?

  1. Kurt
    July 14, 2020 at 2:47 pm

    I pity you folks. I have a permanent staycation. It’s called retirement. I’m into the third week of it and am hiking now 5 miles a day to try to get my legs back. (It i’ll take me longer as I had 2 years worth of Lupron shots that ended 2 years ago. Thankfully the psa has remained undetectable.)
    Have a ton of domestic chores to do. If I don’t get one done, well hey there’s always tomorrow. I sympathize with Diane above but in my situation I don’t have as much time constraints. Can’t get it done today? Eh, there’s always tomorrow.
    Like I said, I pity those that are still stuck practicing primary care medicine warts and all.

  2. Diane Bergmann
    July 8, 2020 at 12:23 pm

    My issues with “staycations” is all the work that needs to be done around the house. Making the beds, Cooking the meals, washing the dishes, doing the laundry. I truly never appreciated a vacation until a friend and I took a week at the beach in a hotel. I read 3 books, I slept when I wanted to sleep, I wandered off by myself, unencumbered by husbands and children. I watched movies on my iPad. I watched birds. 5 whole days of just me time. My friend and I would go to dinner every evening but otherwise, on our own. We talked if we felt like it. No pressure. It was paradise. We did that almost 5 years in a row and it was very needed. Then life got in the way. I miss those vacations.

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