Working Trip vs Vacation



I have returned from visiting extended in laws in Arkansas. This trip has taught me that having my four month old meet his great grandfather is one of the neatest experiences and is at least worth the twelve hour car trip in a car with a child who is not too keen on being in his car seat. Along with visiting family, we were able to visit the Blanchard Spring Caves and spend a day on the lake tubing and cruising in a rented boat.

I call this car ride to Arkansas a “trip” because it was with my in laws and I had to bring work along with me. “Vacation” to me sounds like something I would do with my husband alone, without having anyone (such as a four month old) needed my continual attention. As it was, I did pretty much what I would do at home as far as working and caring for my little one.

The downside of freelancing when it comes to trips is that the work has to come with me. I do not get paychecks if I do not work. This is one benefit I have missed so far now that I no longer work full time. I knew all along that I would have enough down time in the evenings that I could get work done, so we made sure to find a house to rent that included free wifi. This worked out great the first day, but the resort had problems the rest of the week with getting a connection, so I was stuck without internet. This left my options to work at either a McDonald’s or Hardy’s, (A downside to being in a small town) and neither of these places were keen on me hunkering down for hours to work. I must admit I sure missed my coffee shops.

Without the convenience of an internet connection, I started to spend my days fretting over when I would be able to get the work done instead of enjoying my day trips with the family. My return home included three solid work days over what I was hoping would be a weekend to recoup from the festivities. I start into this work week exhausted instead of refreshed and feeling like I now need a “vacation.

Have you taken a “trip” or “vacation” recently? Let’s hear about it in the comments below.


One thought on “Working Trip vs Vacation

  1. I recently went to visit my in-laws in a small farming town in southeast Ohio, where I faced the same connection issues. I found the public library to be a great option. They don’t mind if you are there for hours, plus it is a quiet place to get work done.

    My struggle is finding a private place with WiFi so I can participate in online conference calls.

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