A bolt of excitement runs through your veins while staring at your printed online ticket to another unexplored destination. Each day is a countdown and so is that empty luggage waiting to be stuffed full, moments before the D-day. That was D for departure.
For almost two years now, we have no problem moving from one place to another even at the last minute. The nomadic lifestyle simplifies pre-vacation preparations to zero. Once the logistics are sorted out, we need not worry about anything else.
Yet, here's the catch. I'd give anything to have a home. Our own home. A base. I'd like to refer to an actual house and not a hotel room when I say to my daughter, "Let's go home."
When someone asks where I live, I want to be able to write a proper address on registration forms and stop indicating hotel names. This is what happened a few days ago when we rushed our daughter to the hospital for admission when she got really sick. As we were all stressed in the emergency room, I stared at the incomplete form in front of me. The address was blank.
So I pretend for a moment that we do have a home, a house with a yard, a fence and all the basic needs for comfy living. I dream of a time when I am able to book an overseas trip. Here's how I will be preparing for it.
A Tidy Home
General cleaning happens a few days before vacation. I want to come home to a super clean home after a long journey. The kitchen is tidy with an empty and spotless sink. All beds are made so we can lie down and chill before going back to the routine.
An Empty Fridge
I plan the meals a week before departure based on the contents of my fridge and kitchen cabinets. I know I have succeeded with this task when the fridge is empty on the day of departure with the least items stored on the overhead shelves. This ensures nothing expires and there is zero food waste.
We used to have a cat. There was one time when I asked our neighbor to feed him during a three-day emergency business trip.
In Dubai, there are cat and dog hotels (cattery/kennels) looked after by a veterinarian(s). So soshal I know! The pets each have their own chamber with a play pen. I pre-book a cat accommodation prior to our vacation so I'm worry-free while we're away. Read more: Pets in Dubai Read more: What You Need to Know for Expat Pets in UAE
All appliances are unplugged except for the fridge. We usually leave the refrigerator outlet on while we switch off the rest in the circuit breaker or distribution board.
Curtains and Doors
We keep all of the curtains closed while we're away. All windows are closed and doors are locked.
Empty Garbage and Recycling Bins
All trash bins are empty and I make my way towards the recycling station to empty our recycling bins.
An Empty Laundry Hamper
I know the laundry piles up after a trip. In order to avoid unnecessary stress, I want an empty laundry hamper after a tiring flight.
Technology makes our lives much easier. If you're planning to go away on a holiday and you are considering to install an effective security option, you should take a look at SimpliSafe. They have a wireless security system you can check out here that protects your home while you're away. Having worked in the design industry for many years, going wireless is definitely the way to go. It's hassle-free and easier to install. While you're there, check out more tips and helpful pre-vacation checklist.
How do you prepare before going on vacation?
What are your tips for a worry-free travel?
Love & light,