The majority of us spend a fair amount of time at work. For the average person, this will be eight hours a day, five days a week. This is understandable. At the end of the day, we all have to support ourselves and all have bills to pay. Whether that’s rent or a mortgage, energy bills, food and drink, finance agreements or anything else we need to pay to get by on a daily basis. But it’s important that you do take a step away from work every once in a while to enjoy yourself, relax and do the things that you really want to do. This can feel easier said than done, but at the end of the day, everyone has the right to take some time away from the workplace and recuperate. Whether you’re employed and have annual leave or whether you’re self-employed and simply block some time out in your calendar. Here’s some information that can help you to take the best break possible.
Why Take a Break?
Some of us wonder why we should take a break from work. The short and sweet answer is simply that you need it. Constantly focusing on work can cause burnout and can also see your productivity levels take a nose dive. You need to completely disconnect every once in a while. This is good for you, your well being and for your general happiness. This is why the vast majority of employed roles around the world offer their staff paid annual leave. Your life shouldn’t completely revolve around your work. You need some time for yourself and personal pursuits too!
Planning Your Time Off
First, you need to plan your time off in advance. If you are employed, chances are, your company has rules and regulations surrounding when you can take time off, how far in advance you need to book your time off and how many people can book time off at once. This means you need to be organised. Make sure to think about when you want to head away as far in advance as possible. This will allow you to put in your request within time for it to be approved and before anyone else has requested the same dates, which could result in conflict or a first come first serve management approach. If you are self-employed, things can feel a bit more complicated. Seeing as you only earn money from what you work, and don’t get any paid time off, you will need to plan in advance to make sure that not only do you have the money for the holiday put aside, but also to ensure that you have enough money to make up for the amount of time that you haven’t worked. You need to ensure that you have bill money put aside too!
Choosing When to Head Away
You also need to be savvy when it comes to choosing when you’re going to head away on your holidays. This will entirely depend on personal circumstances and responsibilities. If you have children and you’re heading away on a holiday with them, you are going to need to make sure that you’re booking a break during one of their school holidays to avoid them missing out on their education and so that you don’t get fined by their school. If you have children but are going away without them, you need to make sure you choose a time when someone is able to look after them while you’re away. If you don’t have children, you can save a lot of money by making sure you head away outside of the school breaks, as this is when prices rise due to increased demand from families. You also need to consider time of year in regards to your chosen destination and the holiday you want to have. For example, if you’re heading to the caribbean, you’ll need to head there outside of hurricane season. If you’re heading to a ski resort, you’re going to want to go there when snow and weather conditions are optimal.
Looking for Deals
No matter what country or destination you decide to stay in, you should do your best to look for good deals. Set destinations, flights, accommodation and more don’t always charge the same amount for the same trip. You can often find ways to be savvy with your spending and cut prices. Look for times that are slightly out of season for lower costs. Look for special sales and offers when booking. You may be able to save money by booking well in advance or last minute (if you are able to do this). You might even be able to find some discount codes online to try out. Shopping around really can help to minimise the cost of your break.
Book Attractions in Advance
If you’re heading somewhere with attractions you want to visit – this is particularly common for city breaks where you may want to go sightseeing, or beach holidays where you might want to take special day trips and excursions – you should always try to book in advance. This can save disappointment when you get there in instances where the trips or sights are fully booked. It can also help you to secure a better price and to also, occasionally, benefit from queue jump features. It’s always best to be prepared.
Rest and Recuperation
Sometimes, if you pack in too many things to do, holidays can be just as draining and tiring as your time at work. Sure, this is different, as you’re doing things you genuinely enjoy and want to see, but you need to make sure that you work some time for rest and recuperation into your break too. Whether that’s taking an extra couple of days annual leave after your trip to wind back down, or working rest and relaxation into your trip while you’re away. Create a schedule that is manageable and that gives you time to explore and enjoy yourself at a leisurely pace.
Keep the tips above in mind when planning your break and everything should be a success!