I learned a new professional trick recently, take a vacation two weeks after starting a new job. You might think, you don't need a vacation so soon, but my first two weeks were hard. I met hundreds of people whose names I couldn't remember as they walked away, attended too many database trainings, lunched almost daily at the fancy clubhouse on campus and ate tacos at a party. Grueling.
So in two weeks, I was ready for some R&R, in Hawaii. Our first trip to Maui and Kauai, five years ago, was less relaxing. We were eager to see, do, absorb. This time, we ate, drank and relaxed, with no expectations, and despite my efforts to have an itinerary, we only had two restaurant reservations and no other agenda.
It is nearly impossible to have a bad time on the Islands. You have to try really hard put yourself in a bad mood, because the weather, water and people are all working together to ensure your days are filled with sunshine and cocktails.
Short hike (my favorite kind!) and nature lunch.