If you read my earlier article from a couple of months ago, I spoke about how you shouldn’t feel guilty about taking a vacation from your travels and why taking a break is important. It’s essential to rest and unwind from your wanderings and you shouldn’t feel bad about needing to recharge. This article, on the other hand, focuses on the complete opposite of the spectrum — why you shouldn’t feel guilty for going on a vacation.
During my travels I encountered plenty of people who were either taking a well-deserved vacation or had decided to sell everything they owned and head out onto the road. Many of them felt that pressure to stay at work and do the normal 9-5 and felt guilty for taking a leave of absence. They often had me wondering whether they were truly enjoying their vacation or thinking about all they had to do when they got back from their getaway.
In the United States, like many other countries, working every day without a vacation is what is demanded. You’re expected to work the long hours and if you use your vacation time, there’s a stigma of fear you’ll be replaced because you have used your allocated time off. We live in a culture where work has become the most important thing in our lives, and if we don’t dedicate every waking moment, we lose out on insurance and our job.
However, taking those opportunities, whether just for a long weekend or an extra day around a holiday can be a deal breaker for many. Those moments where you are able to unwind and detach yourself from the daily grinds of life are the moments when you can feel the most alive. Take it from me, I sold everything and left for nine months and while I’m working hard now at a new career, that time I took for myself has given me a happier look on life.
Balance in life is key to any happy life. You have to be able to enjoy the days you have off to be able to put in the effort for your job. Feeling guilty or constantly thinking about what needs to be done doesn’t allow for you to fully to take a break. Going on a worthwhile or relaxing trip is equally as important to your mental health as working out or eating right.
This notion doesn’t only apply to people who work “typical” jobs, but also to the digital nomads and “unconventional” workers out there. For travel bloggers, even when you are on a trip you are often still working remotely or researching for a new blog post or a campaign. Taking a vacation that doesn’t require any work or researching can keep that travel burnout at bay and allow you to enjoy the world for your own self, not just for work.
Just as taking a break from traveling can help you plan for the future, so can going on a trip. If you’re stuck in a rut or going through a midlife crisis, a weekend getaway to San Diego or hiking trip through the Balkans can help you discover what is truly important to you and the next steps you need to take on your journey. Don’t underestimate what a timely spa vacation or even a staycation can do for your home and business life.
When we travel everything should be about balance. Balancing the major sites with the off-the-beaten path destinations, visiting higher end places and locally owned cafes, and the type of activities you do all lead to a well-rounded vacation. Balancing your work life with your other interests is just as important. Thus, if you find yourself looking in the mirror and wondering what’s next, book that ticket, you won’t be disappointed.
Guest Author: Chris Slack
Chris is a travel and lifestyle blogger who left the legal field and office world in 2017 to experience the world around her. Chris has traveled to 25 different countries and is looking to travel to more in the future. Chris’s blog, Wandering Feathers, focuses not only on her travels and experiences but also how these travels have affected her day-to-day life and future. Check out her blog: wanderingfeathers.com