Reclaiming My Vacation: Why I Haven’t Written

My husband, David and I left the U.S. for Croatia on April 28 and we are here until June 16. During our trip, I had planned to post stories about our experiences here on this blog while also sharing photos, stories, and daily happenings via my travel Instagram.

While I’ve been semi-on track with sharing our Croatia road trip experiences through Instagram, I have failed to publish anything new on this blog.

Don’t worry though–there will be new content here in the future and it will be all about our trip and the wonderful places we’ve visited.

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Varaždin

But, I’ve decided, you won’t be seeing these posts just yet.

Why?

Because I’m/we’re on vacation.

Let me explain.

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David, our friend Sam, and me enjoying Novalja, on the island of Pag

Failing Over and Over Again

I didn’t start this blog to make money (although that would be cool one day). And I didn’t start this blog to “grow” my audience or practice some SEO magic and get #1 hits on Google (although, again, both could be cool, future side-effects).

I launched this storytelling project–this blog and my accompanying Instagram–out of love for travel and for Croatia, the country of my heritage.

However, as we kicked off our trip in late April, I began to see the error of my ambitious plans.

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Vinkovci

In order to regularly maintain this blog and my travel Instagram, I would need to dedicate at least 3 to 5 hours each day to behind-the-scenes work, such as researching, writing, uploading and editing photos, transferring files, and formatting posts, etc.

This level of work quickly became an impossible dream as we were immediately busy once we landed in Croatia. We had little time to relax and chill as our early trip days were filled with errands, cleaning the family home, visits with family and friends, and some sight-seeing here and there.

I really didn’t expect us to be SO busy our first couple weeks in Croatia. As a result, I had very little time to even think about writing or to reflect on our experiences. Each day was go, go, go.

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Čiovo Island

As I watched our days and evenings fill to the brim with activity, I tried to carve out some work time between the hours of midnight and 3:00 AM.

Yet, each time I attempted this, I worked slower and slower until I couldn’t work at all as I was dying from exhaustion and could no longer think efficiently, creatively, or effectively.

What’s more, everything I produced during these late night sessions went straight to my computer’s recycle bin as it wasn’t what I wanted to write–it was all I could write and it was complete shit.

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Osijek

This attempt to keep every channel updated soon failed too as I would wake up the next morning searching for coffee (which I rarely drink) to keep myself afloat as I faked smiles and small talk until I woke up into a semi-decent person that didn’t want to crawl into a hole and hide from the world.

As our trip continued on, it seemed more and more unlikely that I would ever get back to blogging. I didn’t plan this neglect–it just happened.

Sure, I could have woken up at 5:00 AM to write and edit photos or I could have powered through my midnight sessions with coffee, but the fact of the matter is that I didn’t want to do either of these things.

Writing this blog isn’t a job right now; it’s simply for fun. Also, I’m on vacation.

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Olive groves of Lun, on the island of Pag

My Decision Not to Write Right Now

A vacation, by backwards American standards, is no longer a sacred space of renewal; online noise, phone addiction, and work frequently prevail over quality time with family and friends, and pure enjoyment.

However, a vacation is still a vacation in Croatia.

In Croatia, a vacation means taking things easy (or, pomalo, as the Croats say) and relaxing whenever and wherever you want, sleeping in, sitting outdoors for hours with a coffee and friends, reading on the beach and watching the waves ebb in and out, and even chucking your phone into some corner of your rental apartment because who the F cares about notifications when there is beauty like this around you:

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Podgora

After my failed attempts to keep this blog up-to-date, I decided to just go with the flow, letting this vacation take its natural course toward relaxation and away from work.

The blog will be back online though–I promise you that.

I can also promise to provide you with quality content because I want to put out writing I’m 100% proud of–writing that transports you to the places we’ve explored and writing with power and pizazz, which is increasingly rare to find on the net where click-bait articles drown out the good stuff.

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Somewhere in the region of Zagorje

So that’s what I can promise you–the good stuff, if you stick around.

Writing in this fashion takes more time than I am willing to give it right now since I need my vacation–I need the time to totally decompress so that I can reflect on all the beautiful places we’ve been and fully experience all the beautiful places we are still going.

Plus, I want to make the writing worth your while (and mine) so I would prefer to wait and provide you with quality posts rather than quick, random diary-style stuff I would throw together at 3:00 AM.

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Trogir

So, you might see a blog post or two over our last 3 weeks here, or you might not.

I’ve appreciated your support, interest, and patience so far, and I hope to have the privilege of continuing to have you on this storytelling journey.

If you have any questions, feel free to email me anytime! And check out my travel Instagram for recent trip updates.

Ciao for now,

KP

8 thoughts on “Reclaiming My Vacation: Why I Haven’t Written

  1. Good for you Kristina ! Too many times things that are supposed to be pleasurable turn into chores. Glad to see you’re not going to fall into that trap 😁. Looking forward to reading when it’s fun for you 💕

  2. I understand the feeling! Good for you for choosing to be present and live in the moment.

    I spent three months in Australia and started up my blog just before the trip. We had bought a used car and were relocating practically every day. Even with the long stay, it felt like every moment counted. There was so much to see and do, we barely scratched the surface! I realized quickly I wasn’t going to have the quality time to focus on my blog. But I’ve been home a while now and I’m still writing about Australia.

    Hope you enjoyed every moment!

    1. Thanks for sharing your blogging vs travel struggles!!

      It is possible to keep up the writing but it means figuring out your priorities—if you spend all your time writing and prepping for your work, then you may actually end up missing out on some really wonderful experiences (not to mention that you may be too exhausted to make something meaningful!).

      I felt so much shame after I decided toward the start of our trip to put my blog writing on hold because I was so excited to write and share Croatia and our trip with others, but I think it was the right decision for me.

      On the one hand, if I had written consistently then I would have had a bigger audience reach, but on the other hand, I’ve still got my audience and I love them—they are small, mighty, and dedicated, and I guess my work is more about the writing and places themselves than building a biz or market at the moment so it all still works! While I wish I had more time and space for it all, I like the malo pomalo (little by little in Croatian) approach I’ve adopted for this project! 🙂

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