OK, I’m off! Bags are packed, tickets printed, taxi is booked for four thirty tomorrow morning, and several alarms have been set.
I’ve got some great guest posts lined up to run during the next few weeks, but you’ll hear nothing from me until the middle of July. I thought about taking my laptop, or going to internet cafes, and then decided just to have a complete break. No phone, no internet for a month. It’s a nice prospect.
Let me be clear: I love writing this blog, and chatting with all of you, and reading your own blogs, and tweeting and emailing and all the rest of it. Communication has come a long way in a short space of time, and we’re lucky to be living through these times.
But sometimes it just gets tiring, for me at least. Maybe it’s because I’m an introvert by nature, and have always enjoyed spending large chunks of time just gazing out of the window or lying in the bath and staring at the ceiling. When I’m online for hours, checking for every new email or tweet, I tend to neglect that sort of thing and then, when I do make time for it, I find it hard to relax my mind.
I’m also aware that the really interesting stuff in our blogs, tweets or novels comes not from the time we spend staring at a computer screen, but from the time we’ve spent before that, living life.
So the prospect of a total break is enticing. I hope to return refreshed and with lots of stories to tell, both here and in my fiction.
We’re flying to St Lucia first, then taking a boat to Martinique, Guadeloupe and Dominica, before flying back to Barbados again in a month or so. The plan is to stay with people we’ve met on Couchsurfing, a network of people worldwide who volunteer to have people stay in their homes. We’ve hosted people before in London, but never travelled, so are really excited about it.
Thanks for all your wonderful comments over the year so far, and hope you get along well with the guests I’ve invited to stand in for me over the next few weeks. I’ve got writers and readers from as far away as South Africa, Denmark, Brooklyn and Tufnell Park, all set to wow you with their perspectives on life. I’m really happy with the quality of the posts people have submitted, and hope you enjoy reading them and connecting with their authors. Would be nice if some new blogging relationships were formed as a result of me going on holiday!
Look forward to catching up with you again in a month or so…