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Before You Go…

I think we can all agree there’s a lot of work that goes into getting away. Planning the trip, paying all of the up-front costs (plane ticket, etc.), tying up loose ends at work, arranging for a house-sitter and pet-sitter, putting a hold on your mail and newspaper… the list goes on and on.

Beyond all of the stuff you have to do, we have a few traditions for before we go (whether it’s a trip to the beach or to another continent).

First, I like to clean. Okay, maybe I don’t exactly like doing it, but it’s part of the routine. I like knowing we’ll come home to our tidy abode. A freshly-cleaned bathroom is a beautiful thing after any amount of time on the road, on a plane, you name it. Yes, dusting and vacuuming before you leave for a couple of weeks may be somewhat futile, but I like to do it anyway.

Many thanks to the lovely April Finnen for taking this pedi photo!

Many thanks to the lovely April Finnen for taking this pedi photo!

Next up: pedicure. Zeke laughs and shakes his head every time, but indulging in a pedicure helps me downshift into vacation mode. My ever-practical husband asks “who’s going to see your feet?!” — to which I respond “I will!” Seriously, though, is there a better feeling than digging your perfectly-painted toes into soft sand? Yes, I still get a pedicure even when we’re not going to a beach. It simply feels good and right.

Pedicure: complete. Now we're ready to go!

Pedicure: complete. Now we’re ready to go!

When we travel with Zeke’s younger sister, Andrea, Zeke always hits the comic book store and buys her a little stack of reading material — generally Danger Girl comics. The tradition dates back to 2002 when Zeke, Andrea and their brother, Zach, toured Egypt. It was Andrea’s first (of many) trans-Atlantic flights.

One more tradition (and this one can be filed under deep, dark secrets): if we leave in the morning, we go to McDonald’s for breakfast. For some perspective, you should know we can count the number of times each year we visit a fast food drive thru on one hand. It’s not a high-brow thing, it’s a waistline-control thing. So this trip to McDonald’s is  a clear demarcation between “normal” and “vacation” time.

Do you have any pre-travel traditions? Do tell!

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About No Kids, Will Travel

In the eyes of their friends and family, Amanda and Zeke are a young jet setting couple without any real responsibility. In real life, the stress of work and raising a kitten push them to flee reality at every opportunity. The "lack of obligation" gives them the chance to explore the world.

One comment on “Before You Go…

  1. We always clean before we leave … Mostly because we don’t want our critter sitter to realize how filthy we are. 🙂 I’m not that into pedicures, but I occasionally get a manicure. And for our last couple trips, I’ve baked a batch of gluten-free cookies to take on the plane. (Airport food can be really disappointing, even without diet challenges.)

    Otherwise, just the normal stuff — Loading reading material on the iPad, updating instructions and putting gas in the car for the house sitter, etc.

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