If you’re still considering vacation time as a luxury instead of a necessity, it’s time to reevaluate. Not only does taking a break from work help ward off burnout, but it actually comes with physical and mental health benefits as well.
Using that time might look a bit different depending on your preferences but here are a few creative ways to make the most of that well-deserved paid time off.
At the beginning of each year, take the time to plan out what your schedule will look like for the next 8-12 months. This can include planning extended time off on holiday weekends, reserving a day for birthdays or anniversaries, or making sure that you have the time set aside during your favorite season for travel. With these key dates in mind, you can allocate a majority of your days in advance while still reserving a few for spontaneous weekend getaways!
It’s easy to forget just how much beauty can be found if you simply take the time to seek it out. No matter where you’re located, try searching for points of interest within a few hours of your hometown and see what you can find.
For an added head start, check out OnlyInYourState.com to find local treasures ranging from dining and adventure to historic areas and attractions. Subscribe to their newsletter if you want to keep an eye on what’s new in the area.
If you’re looking for a more cost-effective way to take up those PTO days, there are plenty of options at your fingertips. Groupon.com has a section dedicated to top-rated getaways that come at a discount. AirBnB.com is also a great alternative to find Places to Stay or Experiences that won’t break the bank.
Skyscanner.com also offers the ability to search flights in a more open-minded way. If you’re looking to travel but are open to destination, you can have Skyscanner pick your travel for you! Options will be provided that showcase different states or countries and how much it would cost for your round trip tickets for your specified dates.
Should you decide that 2022 is your year to finally take the time you deserve, why not partake in the U.S. Travel Association’s National #PlanForVacationDay: January 25, 2022, where thousands of travel influencers and organizations will encourage Americans to take their time off.
“If you don’t make time for your wellness, you will be forced to make time for your illness.” Don’t let workplace burnout set it. Be sure to take the time you need to recharge and reset, then return to work ready to tackle your next challenge with a clear mind.
So, where will your next vacation take you?