When I joined Remote Year, I never had any intention of going home during our year adventure. I got to globe trot and roam around the world for a year, why would I want a break from that?!
As we came to the end of our fourth month, though, I could feel myself getting a little too wrapped up in the craziness of the travel, side trips, new friends and trying to balance all of that with my work at Hopscratch.
So, when I found out that my brother would be visiting my dad back in Maine, my home state, I immediately jumped on the opportunity to take a break and reset.
My travel home, which included five different legs, proved I was in dire need for some rest and relaxation. I managed to sleep through my three flights, one bus ride and one drive home, totaling about 24 hours of travel/complete dead sleep.
Side note: avoid going through Florida when you come back into the country. It took me almost three hours to go through customs and then check back in for my flight to Boston.
I could have cried when I finally got home. There are no words to explain the happiness of seeing my family and laying in my own bed. Normally, I sleep about six to eight hours a night. Almost every night I was home, I slept 12 hours and still had to drag myself out of bed.
The week I was home was also Fourth of July, which meant extra celebrations and quality time. We roamed down to the Old Port where I got to see more family and then to the lake for a little holiday fiesta.
My advice? If you’re traveling for an extended period of time, especially with a group as large as our Cousteau Remote Year family, take time to reset and be by yourself.
It’s so incredibly easy to get wrapped up in the go, go, go lifestyle and lose touch with what’s most important to you. Going home gave me some time to reflect on why I decided to go on this adventure and reminded me to make sure, despite being pulled in so many directions, I stay true to myself.
Oh, I also got to eat all the lobster, which is clearly the most important part of this whole post.
With love, Paige