Planning vacations contributes more to your happiness than actually taking them. You may need to go on vacation to justify all of the planning time.
Most people get all of their relaxation benefits on the trip itself. Don’t expect to be relaxed when you get back. We quickly snap back into the stress of daily life, sans any benefit from the vacation.
Go in knowing you’ll enjoy yourself while you’re gone, but don’t set the bar for “needing a vacation” that you expect to be reset, relaxed, and in a different place with work upon your return.
View from the Andaz Maui
Being on vacation can actually be stressful. We put pressure on ourselves to enjoy, quickly, in a compressed period of time. After all, unless you travel frequently, you only get one shot per given period of time and you have to make the most of it.
So take more trips. Don’t make them one-shot deals. Avoid the stress where each trip has to be perfect. Don’t try to do everything, it’s better to leave some sites unvisited and have some experiences left for the future. Leave yourself longing for more.
Overwater Villa at the Park Hyatt Maldives, Where I’ll Soon Return for the 5th Time
Working Onboard Etihad First Class, Abu Dhabi – Dusseldorf
I work on vacation and so should you.
- Some hotel rooms lack power outlets. I always bring a compact power strip so I can recharge all of my devices at once.
- An air card or MiFi device is indispensable so I can even work in cabs. I like to travel above ground between an airport and my hotel so I can use the transit time from the airport to stay caught up on work, and enjoy my time once I get there.
- I actually love staying caught up with work while I’m away because if I don’t, all of the relaxation I’ve accomplished is immediately wiped away by the deluge I receive when I come back.
- I especially love traveling to Asia. Thanks to a 12-hour time difference, very little is happening the entire day that I’m on vacation, which leaves me free to enjoy without juggling any calls or crises. I get up early, check my email and respond by end of the business day in the States, then have the full day to enjoy myself without anyone trying to reach me or work hounding me.
It’s worth highlighting that Nate Silver disagrees with me, he says that working 20% of the time eliminates 70% of the enjoyment:
Do you work on vacation?