One of the downsides to being an entrepreneur is finding the time to get away on a vacation and recharge. When you’re working for yourself, it can be hard to set boundaries. Most entrepreneurs I know are working pretty much all the time. Working from home can be a detriment in this case because you don’t even have to take your work home, it’s already there.
My parents owned a small Thai restaurant and they worked 7 days/week for years. They rarely took a day off and I don’t remember them taking a weeklong vacation at all. Before they had a restaurant, they were hourly employees and I remember taking trips to Yosemite and other national parks. Once they became business owners, vacations were a thing of the past. It’s tough when you’re working for yourself because you’ll be missing out on the income if you take time off. After they quit the restaurant business, they finally had time to take a 3 month road trip around the US.
I’m just a part time blogger and even I’m not getting enough sleep these days. I spend most of my days being a stay at home dad to our 3 year old son. He’s very active these days and requires constant attention. It’s been tougher recently because he’s not doing what I want and Mrs. RB40 has to keep reminding me that he’s only 3 years old. It’s easy to get mad at him even when I’m trying hard to be calm.
Anyway, we are heading off to the Big Island and we really need this vacation. We haven’t taken an across-the-ocean vacation since 2009. We have been taking it easy on the vacation front since 2010 when we first learned we were going to be parents. We took a few trips to visit my brothers and other family in California in the last few years, but this will be the first time we’ll fly so long. The flight will take about 5 hours and we’ll see how our guy handles it. Probably not too well…
We love traveling and RB40 Jr. is about the right age to accompany us. We can communicate and he can follow instructions (somewhat). We don’t have to pack a huge bag and a stroller so that’s nice. This is our first time visiting the Big Island and I’m looking forward to experience a few new things with my family. Oh yeah, my brothers and mom are coming with us too so it’ll be a big family trip with 8 of us.
Here are a few things that I want to do on Hawaii.
- See Kilauea and Volcano National Park
- Take a helicopter ride (first time!)
- See sea turtles
- Relax on the beach and snorkel
- Hang out with my family
Hard to take a vacation
Let’s get back to the subject. Even a micro business owner like me finds it hard to step away. Over the last couple of years, I have taken my laptop with me and worked at night when we visited California. It’s really hard to step away these days because the internet is everywhere. I’m still going to take the laptop with me on this trip, but I resolve to avoid working as much as possible. So this week we won’t have many updates. I might post a few pictures, but that’ll probably be it.
I would like to take a good look at the Big Island and see if it is a feasible retirement location for us. I love Hawaii, but we probably won’t make a move until Jr. is done with high school. The cost of living in Hawaii is pretty high, so I’ll check that out thoroughly. I think the Big Island has more affordable houses, so I’ll probably pop into some real estate agent offices as well. Anyone currently living or lived in Hawaii? What are some disadvantages?
Alright, that’s it for now. Here is a question for you – do you find it difficult to step away from work and take a vacation?
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