You’ve finally booked yourself some much-deserved PTO days after months of saying you need a vacation. But after you hit “go” on your payment, the first question that popped into your mind was, “Will I be able to get Wi-Fi?”
If this sounds familiar, you’re not alone. In today’s world we work hard for our time off but we don’t always allow ourselves as much time as we need to recharge our batteries. And when we do head off on a trip, we struggle to disconnect ourselves from the world back home.
However, when you go on vacation you need to put your mind into vacation mode. This allows you to recharge your body – emotionally, physically, and mentally. It gives you an invaluable perspective on your life back home and can boost your creativity levels immeasurably, too.
Don’t waste your time away by following these tips:
If it’s out of the question for you to go on a luxury vacation for two weeks, look at shorter breaks instead. You might even want to consider a resort that’s on your doorstep too.
In fact, taking these shorter breaks more frequently can have a more positive impact on your health than taking infrequent long trips. But ultimately, you don’t want to return home from any trip with a bank balance that’s into negative figures because this will cause you even more stress. If you do want to go on a luxurious vacation in your dream location, look out for last-minute deals to places like the African Pride by Marriott. This will allow you to fuel your sense of adventure while keeping within your budget.
If you spend your entire vacation worrying about that email you didn’t send or the deadline you’re going to miss, you’re not going to relax. So, make sure you’ve done as much as possible before you set off on your break. Try to put in a few extra hours before you leave, making sure everyone knows you’re going on vacation.
Set your out-of-office notifications while also providing people with another point of contact they can get in touch with while you’re away.
In a world where we’re constantly updating our Facebook and Instagram pages, it can be easy to fall into the trap of doing what people think you should be doing on your vacation. If you want to be lazy or you want to be active, the choice is up to you, not all your “followers” on social media sites.
Unfortunately, stuff does happen, but if something does arise while you’re on vacation make sure it’s not you who’s tackling it. Pass on the issue to someone else, reminding yourself that you can do this because you’re on vacation.
To make sure you don’t undo all the hard work you’ve done relaxing on your vacation, take some time to adjust yourself back into reality when you get home. Ideally, book a flight that lands you back at home on a Friday or Saturday so you’ve got the weekend to catch up on emails and focus on the week ahead. This will help relieve any pressure you may feel about going back to work. And try to continue integrating activities you enjoy into your life once you get home, so you’re not always relying on a vacation to de-stress.