And so the focus during our travels was entirely on what to see and how to get there, where to eat and how to read a menu in a foreign language.
These are the fresh and exhilarating challenges of being on the road that awaken senses that can get dulled by the daily grind.
When we got back I called my family, checked my emails - over 1,000 had piled up - and found out, as we often do after an extended time away, that very little had changed.
That's reassuring, but it's also humbling. You mean work and the world got along fine without me?
So my two-part vacation - out of the country and incommunicado - has come to an end. I'm in town and online, and I'm fine with that.
I'm too interested in the news, thankful for my job and curious about the goings on from day-to-day and minute-by-minute to let it all pass without being a participant.
However, it was refreshing to be unplugged for a while.
Kercheval is host of TalkLine, broadcast by the MetroNews Statewide Radio Network from 10 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. The show can be heard locally on WCHS 580 AM.