I'm back from vacation and boy, do I have a lot of catching up to do!
And not just at work but of course here with my ActiveRain friends and family as well!
Do you know when your vacation is working for you? Read on!
Just before I left, I entered the Taking Time off --- Fun in the Sun While the Business still Runs contest of the PAWS group, so now that the vacation is over, here is a little follow up.
First, if you read my post and commented on it, I thank you! I was so surprised to be selected as third place winner! It'll take me a while to reciprocate all the comments you left me but I promise, I will!
While I didn't reveal ahead of time when I was going, you already know that my trip took me to "old country" ---Germany and for several reasons.
One, my mother who lives there, is currently recovering in a rehab facility after major surgery and two strokes. The second reason was to visit with old friends and travel, and last but not least to make contact with some German Realtors.
Yes, you can take a Realtor out of the local market temporarily but you cannot take the Realtor out of real estate completely. In my case, I think of it as practicing some international real estate marketing research.
Back to the contest... so how did my story of fun in the sun while the business still runs play out in real life?
The intense preparation in advance paid off. I had two successful closings while I was gone and three within a few days after my return.
As life goes in real estate, a long anticipated short sale approval was received during my absence which meant my collegue took over to arrange for deposits and inspections. The closing will take place next week!
How did communication work while away in a foreign country? WiFi was available in many places so I could use my iPad which I always took with me.
Although my focus was vacation and I didn't try to do work stuff every day, I spent much more time at McDonald's or McCafe's - a different approach that I will write about later - than I would do here! Finding a hotspot wasn't difficult although free access is less frequent --- most will allow only paid access and limited no-contract plans are available.
Having the iPad was great for emails and checking up on things on some social networks like Facebook but it did have its limitations.
For example, I didn't blog because I wasn't able to include pictures in my posts.
My phone provider back home advised me not to take my smart phone out of the country for fear of racking up a huge bill for unintended air time. So I turned off the connection and still took it with me. I ended up using it only a couple of times for texting.
However, I quickly found out that I needed a local (in-country) phone number in order to receive passwords for WiFi access. The solution? I went to a local electronics store and purchased a simple, no contract phone in Germany that cost me 16 Euro or about $20. Incredibly, this included $18.75 in talk time that I didn't even use up.
Do you know when you find out that your vacation is working for you?
Amazingly, half way through our time, I forgot my password and couldn't access my email! Yep. Can you spell panic attack? After several attempts I was locked out and had to resort to my security questions to be able to reset it!
Look for more posts about other experiences and photos coming soon!