Do you need to plan your next vacation? The Great Recession brought many people down due to the collapse of the housing market, high unemployment, and many of those who are currently employed afraid to move on from their jobs in the case they can't find another. One of the many things that people will forgo in a bad economy is that of vacation time; with pay check shrinking, many are afraid that even taking a day off is not only frivolous, but detrimental as it means one less day of making money to pay for their rising costs in mortgages, rent, food and gas.
But experts will tell you that not taking a vacation is probably one of the worst things that employees and employers do. For one thing, everyone needs a break sometimes, especially in this very stressful time of economic turmoil, and the break helps to recharge your energy in not only going back to work, but working in general. But how do you go about planning this vacation? Where should you go? What should you turn to?
- Technology – Technology has gone further than anyone could ever have expected. Now, you can use the internet to look up popular vacation spots or look up information on a particular place you want to visit. And with mobile technology also rising, you can now plan your next vacation by use of travel apps that will notify you of upcoming prices. And, even airlines have their own apps or they can be reached through social media channels.
- Friends/Family – Asking friends and family about vacation spots is a great way to not only get ideas on where to go, but what can be done there, interesting sites, and even the cost of travel.
- Daycation – One of the trends that came from the economic down turn was that of the daycation. A daycation is like a mini vacation, where you take a day off from working and do fun things, such as going to the park or going to a museum. These are usually much cheaper than that of a full blown vacation, but can equally be fun. Even taking in a movie is considered part of the daycation. The only thing is to not do work.
The thought of planning a vacation is becoming foreign to many, as they can't get past the economic hurt in taking several days off from work. However, not taking a break is actually worse for you and your employer as you may start to feel burned out to the point where you aren't getting work done. Vacations and breaks allow for a little bit of reflection, as well as the ability to come back recharged to the work place.