Crete – A Vacation Experiment

6-12-2018–Paleohora, Crete, Greece

I’m back in Greece. As the title of this post states, this trip is a bit of an experiment. Usually when I travel I’m on an adventure: I want to experience new situations, feel challenged. This is something different–I’m attempting to have a holiday, a vacation. This is something I almost never do. But I had a pretty terrible year, where I felt completely overworked, very stressed, and I believed I simply needed to go someplace and decompress. So I decided to come back to the Greek islands not because there is all that much here that seems new and intriguing to me, but for the exact opposite reason–I know where and how to be relax here. Or so¬† thought …

Paleohora–From the Trail

I’ve only been here a few days and I’m already beginning to doubt my reasoning. So far the evidence is showing that the reason I don’t really take vacations is that I’m not very good at them. I don’t really know how to do nothing! I came here to read and think and sun and swim and I’m already feeling guilty and bored. Of course, it’s these issues that I may be here to address. But I’m seriously doubting this–I think I’m just trying to go against my nature. I mean, I like it here, but I don’t think this is what I need right now.

I’m going to give it a few more days and if I’m still feeling this way I’ll start revising my plan, go someplace else, come home early, something. I’m keeping my perspective at least. If existential angst over a Greek island trip is one of your bigger problems, life’s pretty good …

Note–I never planned on Level Mythos becoming a travel blog, but I’m so busy most of the time that’s only when I’m on the road that I have time to post. I need to rethink why it exists.