Here’s Why You Need a Vacation From Your Vacation

You thought you were relaxing. You were wrong

George “Ace” Acevedo
ILLUMINATION

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We’ve all felt it.

We’ve all walked into our house after a vacation and are more tired than when we left. My wife and I recently went to Lake Tahoe for a few days, a four-hour drive. When we returned, we promptly fell on the couch for a long nap.

It’s never made sense to me why I’m so tired after a long car or plane ride. You’re just sitting there, right? It turns out there are reasons we add an extra day to the end of a trip to recover.

Sometimes, the reason for being tired after a vacation is obvious. I was fortunate to visit Japan one summer as an exchange student. Every aspect of life was different there than I was used to, including simple things like bathing and using the restroom.

There are plenty of Western toilets today, but back then, the john was an oval on the floor you squatted over. For the life of me, I could not figure out what to do with my pants. Was I supposed to take them off completely? Or drop them to my ankles and lean back?

Bathing was a big tub full of extremely hot water. You were handed a bucket, a stool, and a brush. You scooped water out of the tub with the bucket and scrubbed yourself with the brush while on the…

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George “Ace” Acevedo
ILLUMINATION

Writer. Noisemaker. Visual Artist. Former radio guy who knows a little about a lot.