Its been a year filled with lots of travelling and work. I’ve made use of most of my annual vacation allowance and almost every long weekend (Hong Kong has at least 13 bank holidays for the year) to travel throughout Asia. I’ve tried to make the most of it because I wasn’t sure that I would definitely be in Hong Kong for a second year (and I’m still not entirely sure).

I initially planned to travel during my two-weeks Christmas break, but as the time draws closer I’ve been feeling like I don’t really care to go anywhere. For some reason, nowhere really seems to interest me. The initial plan was to ring in Christmas and the New Years in Sydney, Australia but that soon changed to Taiwan or Bali and then, to no where.

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I think its time to stay put and see and enjoy more of this place I call home. Since arriving in Hong Kong I haven’t really done or seen much. My main routine is home to work, repeat. As I consider whether to travel or stay in Hong Kong over Christmas/New Years I remember a few years ago when I encountered the same challenge, save that I was living in the Cayman Islands (home) at the time.

My mom and I had plan to spend Christmas abroad, but then she was not able to do so. I contemplated travelling on my own but didn’t want to leave her during Christmas. So I stayed at home and I was actually happy that I had done so.

My days were filled with well needed rest and relaxation. I had more flexibility with my time. I didn’t have to worry about trying to fill every moment of the day because I was afraid to miss out experiences in whatever I country I would have visited if I had traveled. Furthermore, I had much needed time with God. I used the time to pray and praise daily. By the end of the two weeks I was refreshed, relaxed, rejuvenated and renewed. I returned to work READY for everything! It is this memory that is persuading me to stay HK. I know I need a break, some time out, and lots of rest. Hopefully, if I do stay in Hong Kong, I will once again be refresh, relax, rejuvenate, renew. I might do exactly that.

Do you feel the need to travel over Christmas or do you prefer to stay home and rest?

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