Posted By Kristabella on May 17, 2011
I’m back from Jamaica, mon. And I know I should have written about this trip sooner, but man, I am still exhausted from all that relaxing. I did more at work by 10 AM on Monday than I had done in five days in Jamaica. Seriously. Just getting up and showering and commuting to work on Monday was exhausting. I even slept on the train!
The trip was AMAZING! I had such a nice, relaxing, fun time. It was just what I needed. Which I didn’t even realize until I was sitting at the pool bar, drinking Red Stripe Light, feeling the stresses lifting off my shoulder and making me calm and serene.
I don’t have much to detail about the trip. Besides the wedding and wedding festivities, which were why I was there in the first place, there was a lot of lying around by the pool. And making friends with the bartenders. And drinking slushy rum drinks. And just enjoying myself.
This was my first beachy vacation I’ve taken as an adult. Usually I travel to some place in the States to visit a friend and/or go for a goal/purpose – conference, wedding, tourist attractions. This was the first time that I really took a trip that was 5 days of a lot of nothing. I get it now. You don’t get bored. You RELAX. And enjoy yourself.
I packed a lot of clothes for this trip. I figured I would be on the go and it would be hot and I would be sweaty and I would need to change two or three times a day.
In reality, I wore my bathing suit more than anything else.
Here are how my days usually looked:
Morning (before 10 AM) (I KNOW!!)
- Get up, brush teeth, throw on bathing suit, cover-up, sunscreen
- Head down to breakfast
- Eat a plate full of bacon
- And maybe some other things
- Get beach towels
- Find spot in shady area near bar
- Lay out and read book until 10 AM when the bar opens
- Alternate between drinking at the bar, relaxing in the lazy river, or going down the waterslide.
- Lunch from the pool bar – BLT wrap and fries every day (MORE BACON)
- More drinks
- More reading
- More sun time
- More pool time
- Possibly a nap or two (either indoors or outside)
- More drinks
- Close down terrace bar
- Head to night club to people watch and eat snacks
- Go to bed
Wash, rinse, repeat.
The only difference was for the wedding. It was absolutely beautiful and has totally changed my opinion on destination weddings. Before this trip, I thought I wanted to get married in Chicago, in front of everyone, with a huge party. Now? I think this is the way to go. With this kind of wedding, you can relax and enjoy yourself and know that everyone that shows up is there for you and loves you so much that they are willing to travel for your wedding.
Plus, getting married in front of this kind of backdrop? Ain’t half bad.