Looking to get out? Need a break from work? When you have a full-time job, taking a vacation might sound difficult to impossible, but it’s totally doable. Business travel is something thousands of people are able to achieve every year, but if you need some help, check out these tips on how to balance work and fun.
If you’re trying to figure out how to get all your work done and still have some fun, be sure to plan in advance. Some people suggest starting as early as the beginning of the year, but the idea is to think ahead and plan ahead so that you can be sure to get all necessary work done before you head off on your adventure. Your trip will be much more peaceful if you spend your days relaxed instead of being stressed out about the next deadline.
Organize the Details of Your Trip
If you’re a working person taking a vacation, it’s likely just a few days at a time. The best thing to do is research in advance so that you can pack in the best sights in your time in town. Unlike backpackers and travelers who work remotely, you won’t have months on end to explore every corner of the country or city you’re traveling to, so be sure to plan out what you want to see and when.
Plan Vacations Around Holidays
If you have a limited amount of vacation days, try to get the most of your time out of the office by planning a trip around a long weekend or a set of holidays to maximize your time. Planning your trip around a holiday weekend is also cost effective. For example, your Memorial Day trip to the lake will be quite expensive for just the holiday weekend. However, by taking a few extra days off before or after the holiday weekend, bus, train, or airplane tickets will be significantly cheaper.
Plan Vacations Around Business Trips
Another way to use your days wisely is to extend a business trip. Going to a city you’ve always wanted to see for a conference? You won’t be getting to see much of the city during your days with meetings and such indoors. Why not take a few vacation days before or after the business part of the trip to turn it into a vacation? If you’re already traveling, it’s the perfect opportunity to squeeze in some ‘you’ time. Plus, this could end up saving your boss money ultimately. When your company pays for a flight, they may try to get you back as soon as possible. If you, instead, offer to fly back during off-peak hours, giving yourself some extra time in town, it may cost less in the long run.
Keep an Open Mind
Sometimes the best way to mix business and fun is to be flexible and have an open mind. If your dream trip is too expensive right now, or it’s not the right time to fit in your schedule, choose a different trip. Maybe another destination you’ve never considered is less costly for the days you’re planning to travel — if you keep your mind open, it could end up being a fantastic, relaxing few days off from work.
Take a Staycation
Looking to get in some rest and relaxation without taking the time for a flight? Take a staycation! Your own city has so many sights and sounds right under your nose that you may have been too busy to take a chance to see yet. You’ll be able to save money by not flying across the country, while still getting all the perks of vacations. Visit that museum across town, or head out of the city for a day to see what’s just outside your home. You’ll come back to work refreshed and relaxed. Plus, staycations don’t need to take a lot of vacation days or money, saving you more of both for vacations later in the year.
Use your Vacation Days
This may seem obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people never use up their full amount of allotted vacation days. According to recent studies, the majority of Americans still have around seven vacation days left at the end of the year — a whole week where you could have been relaxing on a beach or in a lakeside cabin. Your productivity will be much higher if you take some extra breaks during the year. If you’re a workaholic who needs help getting into a vacation, check out these tips on how to switch off from work.