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Over 60…And Getting Younger: March 12, 2010

Vacation Anxiety

Two weeks ago I wrote a column entitled “Returning Home.” In it I listed the various jobs and chores that you have to accomplish when you return from a trip, such as collecting mail, checking phone messages, sitting at the Internet computer and finally calling the kids.

Actually there are many things to do before you leave on a journey. These tasks are no less important than the ones I mentioned on the return. However, the vision of the time off clouds the mind, but you cannot afford to miss any of the important duties.

First, you must arrange for transportation to the plane, train or bus you are to board for the trip. This may entail a limousine, car drop-off, or good neighbors taking you to your transportation.

Secondly, you must stop all newspapers coming to your home. A driveway full of yesterday’s papers is a sure sign no one is home. A phone call to each paper and a clear message understood by both parties is essential.

Third, you must make provisions for the delivery or the holding of your mail. An overflowing mailbox is another sign that the parties are gone and no one is home. The post office will hold your mail or the condo office will do the same.

Fourth, many people send out a blanket message to their entire “address book” on the Internet, “not to send messages” for the time they are away. This will cut down the time spent on the computer when you return.

Fifth, tell the children of your itinerary. This should include hotels, time spent where and any phone numbers available. Also tell your most reliable offspring to check the house while you are away. This will ease your anxiety.

Next, after having completed all these items, put on a pair of imaginary blinders and just enjoy your time off.

Bon Voyage!