As we took our first “Retired” trip, a very interesting transformation occurred.
We really did not understand BEFORE retirement how the prospect of returning to work affects one’s vacation “mentality.” At least for me, it used to take a couple days to get into vacation mode. Then the last 3 days or so were spent thinking about what awaited at the office. So out of a week, one could end up with only a few actual hours of “Vacation.”
NOW, there is no such wasted energy. No unwind-time. No worries about what awaits. just relaxation.
Put another way (and so eloquently) by long-time friend Dan Ray: “If you are retired, do they still call it a Vacation? Maybe it is just called LIFE!”