6 Signs Your Next Vacation Is Long Overdue
By: Ardon Wesly
Wow, I can’t believe it’s 2017 already. Happy New Year people! This piece might not be so relevant if you just unpacked your bags and returned to work, but if you haven’t it is SUPER relevant for you!
How many of you have used the phrase “I’m so badly in need of vacation” or “I can’t even remember the last time I took vacation”? Come on don’t be shy. We’ve probably all used them more than once and the same excuses for an answer: I can’t get off of work or it’s impossible financially at the moment.
We can’t even begin to express the importance of vacation. It’s not all about far-away destinations or disconnecting for weeks at a time, but the very act of putting yourself outside your daily routine, can already be defined as “vacation”. Ask yourselves the following questions and try to identify the upcoming signs that your next vacation is long overdue:
Friends, family and spouse(s) stopped asking a long time ago.
How do you know your next vacation is way overdue? Everyone stopped asking you to join them, plan with them or asking you about it in general. No one likes to hear the same answer and excuses over and over again.
First they will start planning it on their own and giving you the details just in case you want to join. When that doesn’t seem to have an effect on you the next couple of initiatives, they’ll start planning and just inform you that THEY are going. It becomes worse. Eventually they plan, go, enjoy and tell you all about it once they’re back. Think you’ve hit rock bottom? Think again! Eventually they won’t even share their experiences since you can’t relate to their feelings (how could you, you haven’t travelled in over a decade) and you’ll end up seeing their pictures on Facebook, together, having the time of their lives.
Your passport expired long ago and you don’t feel the absolute need to renew it.
Why do you even own a passport, you’ll wonder? Your passport is as expired as that high-school condom you still keep in your wallet (talk about your male stereotype) but why would you renew it? It will only cost you money and you don’t have anything planned for the near future? You can always renew it when the time comes right? Wrong! Renew it anyway, one less threshold that is keeping you from exploring the world (or just go somewhere, ANYWHERE).
Your boss “kindly” requests (basically orders you) to take some of those many saved up vacation days.
The majority of the (Western) world’s workforce has close to zero, if not minus, in vacation days by the end of the year. That isn’t the case with you. The case is so extreme, that you’re costing the company more money than if you’d go surfing for a month in Hawaii. Your boss even approaches you in private, and kindly requests you, meaning a direct order, to take a vacation. Even more than that, he starts recommending you places to go to (most recommendations would require a minimum stay of two weeks by the way, he’d want you go gone that bad). Don’t be a vacation day collector, they’re not limited edition baseball cards. Use them, that’s what they’re there for…
You haven’t been on vacation for so long, that your weekend feels like one when disconnecting from work.
Your work is your life. Don’t worry; you’re not the first and definitely not the last person in the world with the same mentality. You work around the clock and even when you’re not physically in the office, mentally you never leave. Constantly checking your e-mail on your phone and trying to finish things that are of high importance (basically everything that you do).
You’re week doesn’t end on Friday; frankly it doesn’t end at all where even during the weekend you refuse to disconnect. That one weekend in the month where you DO disconnect, feels strange to you. So strange, that you feel uncomfortable and will shortly connect again to get back in that comfort zone. Stop it. This is called vacation. Well, it’s just weekend, but since it’s the only type of vacation you’re “taking” nowadays, we’ll take anything we can get.
You literally have no clue what to do with all your free time when a national holiday is immediately before or after a weekend (long weekend)
This sign actually takes the previous a step forward. If you don’t know what to do with a free (weekend) day, what will happen when you have a long weekend or national holiday? Guys come on! We don’t expect you to pack your bag and travel to the other side of the world: baby steps…. Start planning short trips that don’t take longer than a day or two. Just do us (and more importantly: yourself) a favor and get out of your usual environment; it will only do you good.
You think your company will collapse if you take a vacation
This sign is probably one of our favorite. No matter what people around you will try to convince you of, your company will not collapse if you leave for vacation. New mothers aren’t at the office for often months at a time, executives take sabbaticals and even the small-business owners with 2 employees take vacation, so why can’t you?
It’s good to feel important at your company, but value your own body and mind: you owe it to them. Believe it or not, it will only benefit your firm and co-workers, since you’re bringing fresh, positive and a different energy back to the office.
Just do it….
Let’s be clear. There are many more signs that your next vacation is long overdue and you don’t need to identify them all (or only the six above) to make a change. Identified one or two? That’s more than enough to book your next trip: not tomorrow, not next week: NOW is the time. You can thank us later.