I spent last week on the lovely beaches of Barbados.
If you follow me on Twitter and Instagram, you were probably getting pretty sick of all of the photos I posted of my feet and the beach or pool in front of me.
Sorry about that...
I've been traveling almost nonstop the last month and while I've enjoyed each trip immensely, I'd be lying if I said I wasn't completely exhausted. While the sole purpose of vacations are to relax, I find that I rarely actually relax!
The last week in Bridgetown, Barbados?
All I did was relax!
I stayed at the Barbados Hilton Resort on Hilton Beach, which was quite lovely. Within a mile were other equally lovely beaches - Needham Point, Pebbles Beach, Browne Beach, etc, etc, etc.
I planned on touring the rum factories, the Banks brewery, the Barbados Museum, the George Washington House, Crane Beach and the Nature Preserve...yet, each morning when Chris left for work and I had the entire day to myself, all I wanted to do was lay out in the sun.
And that was exactly what I did.
It felt good - nay, it felt GREAT - to do absolutely nothing for almost an entire week.
I watched the surfers at Pebbles Beach.
I brainstormed blog posts from my lounge chair on Hilton Beach, while couples strolled along the shoreline and locals fished from the rocks.
It was just lovely.
I spent one morning in Barbados exploring the Military Cemetery next door to the Barbados Hilton Resort and the George Washington House museum down the street in the Historic Garrison District...and I was back on my lounge chair in front of the pool by noon.
Did I miss many opportunities to explore the island? Certainly.
Did I gain just as much by allowing myself to simply enjoy myself and actually experience downtime? Absolutely.
When you are planning your next vacation, take a moment to think about what you really want to do and what you want to accomplish while you're wherever it is that you are going.
You'd be surprised at how much you can enjoy not doing anything.