If you’re anything like us, then discussing visiting home is a hot topic.

What should be an exciting vacation quickly turns into a stressful race against the clock.

The truth of the matter is that heading home in the military doesn’t feel anything like a vacation. Don’t get us wrong, we love our families, but no amount of vacation time is enough vacation time.

Actually.. Scratch that! There is DEFINITELY a such thing as too much vacation time!

Its okay to leave early

Maybe you planned two weeks at home, but a week and a half in you are feeling drained. Go home! Do not let anyone make you feel guilty for your decision to do so. It is definitely okay to cut your trip shorter than you initially planned for.

You do not have to see everyone

We all wish there were more than twenty-four hours in a day, but there simply aren’t. Few people make the effort to come see you at your duty station, so don’t break your back trying to see a million and one people on your vacation home. Take your time and spend it with the people that you talk to on a regular basis. You do not have to make time for everyone and their mother.

Its fine to avoid work conversation

There will be so many questions that you are asked that you cannot answer. With the questions you can answer, you’ve answered them over and over again. In an effort to make conversation, your family will most likely want to know what you have been up to. You do not have to discuss work on your vacation. No one else wants to think of their 9-5 while they are on their vacation, and neither should you.

You work so hard for too little pay, so when you get time off you should enjoy yourself.