The Workaholic’s Guide to Relaxing on Vacation

For those who are highly dedicated to their work and achieving their goals, the idea of planning a holiday can almost feel counter-intuitive to a happy and successful future. And while it might be true that taking more than a week off from work can be difficult for anyone, from a high-powered CEO to an intern, it is probably most difficult on those entrepreneurs and employees running their own small business or start-up.

There are, however, great ways to get away without falling behind, and vacations are an important part of staying fresh and motivated to work. So here are a few mini-vacation tips for even the most dedicated of workaholics.

Take more frequent, but shorter vacations

Okay, so you can’t leave your company behind for weeks and lay about on a beach because a) your company needs you, and b) sitting around doing nothing will just have you thinking of work. So instead of falling into the traditional trend of long and lazy vacations, why not take more days off around weekends? This allows you to plan three or four day trips to exciting and vibrant destinations. For long weekend city breaks, Florence, Barcelona, London and other cultural capitals are great places to explore rich artistic, culinary and historic scenes that will certainly keep your mind off modern day pressures.

Make your holiday an active one

One of the best ways to ensure that you’re allowing your mind to take a break from the stresses and demands of day-to-day life is by keeping it busy. Just as a trip to the gym can be a great way to relieve stress, an active holiday will both keep you busy and give you a sense of accomplishment. Try organizing a bike or ski trip with family or friends. Even a simple weekend of camping and hiking can help you temporarily disconnect and then return to your work more calm and focused.

Don’t over-plan your vacation

The deadlines, restrictions, and scheduling of daily life are already enough to make most people feel like their life is planned out for them. So why turn your vacation time into another stress filled event, where you’re trying to fit in every stop on your itinerary, or see every relic your destination has to offer. Sure, it’s smart to have a general outline of your holiday plans, and maybe even buy a few museum or activity tickets in advance. However, one of the great parts of discovering new places is allowing yourself the freedom to wander and stray from the beaten path.

However you go about planning your next get-away, be sure to remember that inspiration comes in all forms and from all places, and you might be just as likely to find it in the hills of Tuscany as you are in the cubicle at work.


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