For workaholics, the warm days and beautiful summer nights are no different than freezing winters and snow-covered roads. Work must get done, regardless of the weather.
America is considered one of the most overworked nations in the world. And like it or not, everyone needs some down time. Otherwise stress builds up, and too much stress is dangerous for your health.
But a vacation mustn’t mean a 10-day trip to Thailand. Here are a few simple vacation ideas to help you relax this summer, without damaging your productivity. Not just summer any time of year for that matter. Weather spring, fall or winter weather.
1. The staycation
If you’re crammed for time and finances are stretched thin, a staycation may be the perfect summer vacation solution for you. The Staycation is exactly what it sounds like. You don’t need a flight. You don’t need overnight accommodations. All you need is time off to explore your city. Maybe you go to your favorite restaurant or visit the local theme park. Staycations offer lots of fun without any checked baggage. Take up a new hobby - hang-gliding, sky-diving, scuba diving all come to mind, or just pain fishin'.
2. In-city hotel stay
This is a small step-up from the staycation. Unlike the staycation, where you go exploring all day but come back to your home at night, the in-city trip comes with a hotel visit. Head downtown and get a room. Enjoy the amenities of room service and a great view of the city from the 16th floor. Again, this saves you having to spend lots of time traveling to a destination and dropping lots of money on airfare.
3. Maybe it’s time for a cruise
Many will argue that a cruise is the ideal vacation. You don’t have to drive anywhere. Your food is included. And all the activities you could want are within walking distance. Not to mention there’s plenty of night life. You can even find a three-day cruise, which is perfect for a weekend getaway. Not too mention, even out in the ocean, WIFI is standard. So don’t worry about missing the occasional email if that’s the only thing holding you back.
4. Shorter weeks, longer weekends
If you’re like most workaholics, you probably have lots of vacation days built up and no desire to take a three-week trip. Fair enough. Maybe your solution then isn’t to have a long vacation, but a series of mini vacations. Why not take a Friday or Monday off every week for the next few months? This way you are still able to come into the office and get things done, but you’ll have more time over the weekend for chores, errands, or that round of golf you’ve been putting off.
5. Take the plunge
Or maybe this is the year you go all out. Maybe this is the year you finally take that big trip with your family. But make it a trip with a purpose. Don’t just go somewhere for the sake of going. That defeats the purpose. Is there anywhere you’ve always wanted to go? Any city or sights you have on a bucket list? If so, treat yourself. You’re less likely to think about the office and your emails if you’re somewhere you’ve always wanted to be.