A long time ago, you would never catch me wanting to go on a relaxing, beach vacation. You could chalk up the reluctance to a number of things, but the chief reason being I’m fair-skinned and burn quite easily. That, and my low self-esteem and poor body image do not like to be seen in a bathing suit in public.
But then I went on a beach vacation where I got a pretty nasty sunburn. However, I learned that yes, even though I will probably get sunburned a little, I can keep reapplying sunscreen, there will be shade, and there’s nothing wrong in covering up or hiding under a blanket. I also learned that once I’m at the beach, the body issues fade away, because, hey – I’m at the beach!
Normally a beach vacation would not be my big vacation for the year. But with less vacation days, this year’s big vacation became a beach vacation. It ended up a girls’ trip with Jessica & Nilufer & me.
Where to go? We started out looking at Belize and I think we may have ended up looking at almost every island in the Caribbean before settling on Turks & Caicos.
Finally it was time!! We arrived to pouring rain. What?!! No! Are we going to spend our beach vacation inside?
After dropping our bags and checking out our room, we were able to book last minute massages to pass the time and avoid the rain. Fortunately when our massages were done, we stepped outside to no rain!
Our days became fairly routine. I was generally the first to wake up and would often find myself out on the balcony to enjoy the sun waking up.
Once everyone was up, we would head to the gym. Yup, the gym. Jessica & I are doing a T25 challenge & convinced Nilufer she wanted to do it too! Which she agreed, but only if after we could do a “quick” WOD (she is the Cross Fitter of the group). And then we would head to the beach for a mile-ish run/walk.
By this time it was around 8 a.m. or so. The sun set fairly early so we were early to rise to take advantage of the daylight.
Since we had a kitchen in our room, we’d usually have breakfast on our balcony.
Then it was time to head to the beach! Or the pool Some days it was both. And we’d park ourselves until it would get dark.
We did venture out one day on a tour to Middle & North Caicos for some snorkeling and cave exploring. We even ate fresh lobster on the beach!
The time went by way too fast, but it was a great trip. When can we go again??