I finally got to go on vacation this summer when my boyfriend, Tyler, invited me to join his family in Myrtle Beach for their reunion. This was the first time I got to go on vacation in two years because I’m not counting the time I had to take off last year to heal on my couch post-surgery! I was a little nervous (okay, a lot nervous), travelling for the first time since I’ve had to follow food restrictions and been suffering from chronic pain. Plus, I was meeting almost all his family in one go and for a whole week. Everything went great though because the resort we were staying at had kitchens in each room so keeping my diet on point wasn’t hard and his family was nothing but welcoming.
We took Spirit there because it was one of the only direct flights so I had to purchase a carry-on since my supplements would take up the entirety of my one personal item, but other than a delay on the way home, which can happen with any airline, it was smooth sailing. Once we landed and everyone got settled and I was introduced to everyone we went grocery shopping and spent the evening grilling out. The resort had an automatic fire pit so some of his family hung out there just relaxing and reminiscing with stories about one another. The perfect opportunity to hear childhood stories about my boyfriend!
Our view from the balcony was gorgeous and waking up each morning to read out there is how I’d like to wake up every morning! We would take a dip in the ocean at least once a day and I was amazed at how warm the water was since it could be the middle of August and Lake Michigan would still be ice cold! During the day the twenty-five of us would populate around some beach tables we put together and hang out. The resort had activities scheduled for during the day like bingo, trivia and different arts and craft projects. Tyler made me this adorable seashell and sand craft to remember the trip by! It says T + J 2017 on the back. So cute!
If I woke up early enough I could walk the beach to where the resorts stopped and there were no people around. It was just me and the ocean. I loved just being on my own out in nature feeling the rush of the tide flow in and out against my feet. On the way back the tide would come in so what I was able to walk across 30 minutes ago I now had to swim across to get to the other side! There was no gym at the resort which was fine by me since I’m really only supposed to lifting super light once or twice a week. So in order to get my exercise in I’d run down the road that all the resorts were on and down the main road where all the businesses are. Running is such a great way to exercise and see the sites at the same time.
The majority of the time we just hung out by the beach and his family would tease one another and tell stories. It was a really great energy to be around and I loved talking with each of his family members to get to know them better. All the rest and relaxation was exactly what I needed. We did go on a few outings though! Before we went grocery shopping on the first day we went to Nathan’s for food. It’s just a small burger joint. Nothing all that special, but I’m told their ice cream is good! My favorite excursion was when we went to Medieval Times and the boardwalk afterwards. Sadly, our knight lost his very first joust, but Tyler’s cousins shouting boos from behind us kept things entertaining.
The boardwalk was full of specialty shops, but my favorite part of it was the bridge over a body of water where giant catfish and turtles were swimming around. A small marching band was playing music so our shopping was accompanied by some fun tunes and I bought my shot glass to add to my collection. Tyler bought me a super cute rock necklace from the elements store and rock for himself to add to his own personal collection.
I loved being able to cook my own food while on vacation and since they were just meals for me I got to enjoy all the fish I wanted since Tyler is not a fish fan. His family brought a couple beach games that kept us occupied during the day and the resort had bags set up as well. Surprisingly I actually won two games. Going to private college did not lend itself to being good at drinking games. We played a lot of Fibbage in the evenings, which if you haven’t played before you’re missing out!
The trip to Myrtle Beach was exactly what I needed and now I know why so many people rave about it as a summer destination spot. It’s important to relax and I had no idea until I was halfway through my vacation, when the stress and anxiety of work and my health finally started to melt away, that I was chronically stressed. Read about chronic stress and my own experiences with it here.
Being able to meet Tyler’s family from all over the US was super and being able to put faces to names was nice. It’s great to see a family that’s so close-knit and the love they have for one another was evident. Now I have my own stories with them too! What’s your favorite vacation destination spot? Any places to recommend?