Someday, someday, I would love to be able to take an extra day off after I return from a trip. Sadly, vacation days are usually hard-won and vacation pay is often non-existent, so any days I'm off work have been devoted to spending time with faraway friends and family. This means I usually arrive home late at night, head to work early the next morning, and am greeted in the evening by minimal groceries, even fewer clean clothes, and a total lack of relaxation... 

Wouldn't it be great if it didn't have to be that way? I always consider myself lucky to get any time off at all, and travelling is a huge luxury, but the whole experience would be so much more pleasant if returning to real life wasn't so hard and fast. I would love to have time to unpack my suitcase, do laundry, help my home recover from both my absence and whatever mess I left as I flew out the door, stroll to the grocery store, pack my lunch for the next day's work, go for a swim, and maybe even get some sleep. In this fantasy, I would return to work fully recovered from the rigors of travel and the memories of my trip would be unsullied by post-travel exhaustion and even illness. 

Have you ever made this work? Do you ever trade a day spent in your destination for an extra day off after you return home? Is it worth it?

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