Your Most Fulfilling VacationCreated by:
As health practitioners, our lives are synonymous to stress. Especially for those who work in the hospital, it's almost round-the-clock work and with people who are in private practice, like myself, holidays are working days because its the busiest days I have in the clinic (holidays and weekends). I work 6 days a week, Monday through Saturday so when people scream TGIF and ask me out for a drink because "It's Friday", I say "Sure but I have to leave early because I have a patient the next morning." .
For the Filipinos here in the MIMS community, we just had another long weekend and I took a quick vacay out of town with a few friends. Well, we planned this a month ago because a friend was coming home from Dubai and then Monday was suddently declared a holiday, so I was able to enjoy a long weekend for once. But now I am back to the clinic, having a quick lunch break, before I seat a patient for a root canal at 1pm. I'm still tired from the trip, but work is work, and after my root canal I have a patient for braces and crowns. This is often the problem with quick getaways--reality hits you hard, soon after.
This takes me to the most fulfilling trip I had years ago. It was a seven-day trip to Bali, Indonesia that I spent with my cousins. It was such a slow paced trip. We spent much of the time just enjoying picturesque villa lifestyle, eating local food, seeing sights with the help of our local-driven van and just forgetting how busy work is back at home. It was a long trip and we weren't at all rushing, so I remember coming home on the last day, just totally satisfied and excited to go back to work. I don't know if it was the "Eat Pray Love" magic of Bali, but to this day, it is the most memorable trip I had. It was a total destress, compared to short trips that leave you sad and longing for more, after.
Do you travel to destress? Tell us about your most fulfilling vacation away from patients, hospitals, co-workers, cases, etc... etc...