If you’re lucky enough to score a few days off this year (and chances are high that you don’t have very many) it’s important that you make the most of your time off. But making the most of only a few days can sometimes prove to be difficult. And just because you only get a few days off doesn’t mean you don’t deserve the full spectrum of vacation time. After all, you’re burning the candle from both ends and need the defrag time just as much as everyone else.
Pick – Keep the time in mind when choosing your vacay spot because you can use time differences to your advantage. If you travel east, you will move ahead a couple hours. If you travel west, you will fall behind a few hours. So returning from Europe on a Monday will mean that you’ll arrive on the same day (A.K.A. fewer vacation days. WAHOO!)
Plan – The best vacation memories often occur from serendipitous moments. That being said, if you only have a few days you should think up a few “must-dos” in your destination. You can alway stray from the plan, but you have things to do if you can’t find random things to get into.
Prep – Get everything in order before you leave so that you won’t worry about things while you’re away. Walk away from your office with clear desk and clear inbox will make it much easier to clear your head and soak up your valuable vacay time while away.
Pack – Light. Minimize the amount that you bring. Allow yourself no more than 30 minutes of packing time. It’ll save you stress before you leave. Throw in mix-and-matchable items and limit yourself to no more than three pairs of shoes. That’s right, THREE!
P…Enjoy! Make a promise to yourself, and your traveling buddies, that this will be a genuine vacation. Make the break easier by telling everyone at work that you’re going. No email, no voicemail or business calls. And while you’re at it, significantly limit your social media time too. You heard us, put down the Facebook!
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