Plan Better, Vacation Better

It’s been proven that American workers are in desperate need of a vacation. They are feeling overly stressed, tired and stuck in a rut. These workers realize that taking a vacation would equalize their work-life balance, yet they still fail to actually go on a trip.

Well, thanks to our friends at Project:Time Off, we now know the easiest way to ensure a vacation each and every year: planning!

That’s right—simply planning ahead of time can significantly increase your chance of taking time off of work for a vacation. According to the State of American Vacation 2017, a majority (52%) of workers who say they set aside time each year to plan out their vacation days take all their time off, compared to just 40 percent of non-planners.

They also tend to take longer vacations. While three-in-four (75%) planners take a week or more at a time, non-planners take significantly fewer days—zero to three—than planners at once (42% to 18%).

Planning a vacation involves many different aspects – where to go, who to go with, when to go and how you will get there. But those parts of planning are secondary to the most important part which is informing your work that you will need some time off.

While talking to your boss or supervisor can seem like a daunting task, Business Insider has come up with a list of tips and recommendations for what to do the weeks leading up to your vacation.

They recommend you:

  • Schedule yourself some wiggle room. Doing this allows you to have a couple days to get ready prior to leaving for the trip, and when you get back it assures you will have a day or two to adjust back to daily life so that you don’t get overwhelmed with work the second you return.
  • Talk to everyone you work with. Make sure to tell your coworkers and clients of your travel plan so they can adjust their schedules as well. And in the event something urgent at work needs to be done while you’re away, you will have people in place to handle your responsibilities.
  • Prioritize your tasks. This will help you accomplish anything major before leaving for your vacation. It is important to do the most important things, so that if someone has to cover for you, they are only faced with simple tasks that are easy to handle.
  • Lay down some communication ground rules. Relay to everyone on your team, including your manager, the different ways to reach you, but more importantly discuss with them that only the most critical things should interrupt your vacation time.
  • Be careful what you post on social media. It is important to remember that you will be returning to work after your vacation, and you don’t want to irritate the other workers who are covering for you. It is essential to remain professional, and if someone is going out of their way to help cover your work so you can vacation – buy them a small gift to say thanks.

Be sure to follow these tips while you’re planning ahead for your next vacation! And to make sure vacations become a yearly escape from work, consider investing in timeshare, where each years’ vacation is already prepaid, and there is a world of opportunities to explore.

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