This year, my family has opted for taking multiple short trips and long weekends in lieu of a multi-week vacation. It has been great. We’ve been camping at 5 different locations. My kids have met friends. We’ve had lots of water time. I’m super tan!
What I have to be careful of is the associated whiplash that happens when I have to quickly jump back and forth from vacation-mode to work-mode.
Be careful not to get too buried in missed email. Attempt to ease into the day. Make a list of priorities. Hold on for the ride through the first day.