Happy Wednesday everyone! I am thrilled to report that I actually feel like I see a light at the end of the PhD/Dissertation tunnel. Having been buried in the belly of revisions the past few weeks really started to eat away at me emotionally. I was becoming less and less capable of handling my stress, and my self-worth was at an all-time low. I was literally in tears at least once a day. : (
My forced-break this past weekend at the wedding was incredibly rejuvenating. I was stressed about taking time away from work, but after two full days off on Saturday and Sunday (I was typing in the passenger seat of the car on the drive there on Friday), I felt so restored. Getting back to work on Monday was tough, but I was so much more productive than usual. And by Tuesday I had wrapped up a set of revisions that I didn’t think I was going to get done until the end of the week.
At this point, I am over the worst of the revisions, and should, from this point on, have only light edits and formatting to worry about (!!!!!!!!!!!!!). This is a huge relief. And it comes at a good time too because I am technically “graduating” this weekend. The commencement ceremony for PhD students is on Friday, but I won’t be defending my dissertation for another month or so, and I’m not a “Dr.” until after I pass my defense. However, I was looking forward to half-celebrating this weekend, especially because my mom and uncle are coming to town. Having this batch of revisions out of the way is making it a lot easier to be in at least quasi celebration mode. Yay!
Anyway, getting over this next hurdle has let me, for the first time, start seriously thinking about post-dissertation celebrating. Mike and I have previously discussed taking a “Holy F***, I’m a “Doctor”!” trip, but, like I said, I was loath to let myself feel any sense of excitement until I was closer to the end. (Not saying that’s a good thing. It’s just what grad school has done to me). Now that I am closer to the end, however, I am ready to start thinking about the aforementioned “HFIaD!” vay-cay.
Here’s where you come in. I need advice! Where should I go?!
Here are some guidelines:
- I love big cities, but I am also feeling a pull towards the beach, so preferably something that can offer me the best of both worlds. Water is a must, preferably an ocean.
- Someplace I can eat! Vegan options (or “happens-to-be-vegan” options) required, and strongly preferred if there is also a chance I can eat mostly whole food, fruit and veggie-based meals.
- Relatively affordable. We haven’t gone on a big vacation really ever (our trips have usually been three-day weekends when we travel for weddings, but those have been pretty inexpensive), so we’re willing to splurge more than usual. That said, I am coming off a grad student income, which is a very very tiny income. So, if it’s a pricey flight, we’d want to make sure that lodging was cheap, for example.
- We’ll probably be going in July, so hopefully wherever it is will have decent weather conditions at the time of the year.
- I’d rather not be on a flight for any more than 8ish hours.
- Someplace that we can avoid exploitation/tourist colonialism as much as possible.
So far, I’ve considered: Paris (with a couple days in Nice), Montreal (are there any beaches there, Canada friends?), Puerto Rico, Mexico (need city recommendations), San Francisco.
Please share your insight with me! I know I have readers from across the globe (how cool is that, bee-tee-dubs?), so pitch your home to me! Or tell me your favorite place to travel, then tell me what I have to do/eat/see when I get there.
I travel a lot for conferences, and to visit friends and family in Chicago and Cleveland, but I actually don’t have a ton of experiencing traveling for actual vacation. I would appreciate any wisdom from you globetrotters!
Thanks, friends! Have a great day!