Debating over taking a vacation this summer? Whether it’s for your health, your relationships or simply your sanity, there are hundreds of reasons to take a vacation. These are the signs it’s long overdue.
Working Overtime is Your Life
All work and no play is the surest route to burnout. If long hours are part of your job and you’re not willing to find different work, book off some vacation days.
“Vacations give us something to look forward to when the daily drudgeries of life are weighing us down,” says Kane. Keeping your eye on the prize provides you with “a pleasant thing to focus on and feel positive about,” says Kane.
• REST up at a destination spa.
• RECHARGE your batteries on an endorphin-filled whitewater rafting, surfing or skiing vacation.
• REVIVE your creativity at an arts retreat.
You’re in a Health-Rut
While it’s possible to kick bad habits like smoking, over-eating or over-drinking at home, a trip abroad may make it a bit easier, says Kane. “On a vacation with healthy lifestyle habits at the centre, you’re literally forced to focus on self-care and self-improvement in a way which would prove impossible at home,” she explains.
That said, be prepared to maintain these new habits back home.
“It’s not enough to take care of your health on the rare occasion you can go on vacation: use vacations to kick-start a healthier lifestyle which is sustainable on a daily basis when you get back home,” says Kane.
• REST a harried mind at a yoga retreat.
• RECHARGE energy levels by the sea.
• REVIVE yourself with an Outward Bound challenge.
You’d Give Anything for a Moment of Silence
Chase what’s golden on a solo getaway – minus your Crackberry or laptop.
• REST your mind on a silent retreat.
• RECHARGE your soul hiking a provincial or national park.
• REVIVE your other senses in a foreign country where you don’t speak the language.
You’ve been on Auto-Pilot for Years
Same-old, same-old has a way of making us feel…old. But it’s never too late to build the life you really want to live. Start with a vacation.
“Getting away gives you the wonderful gift of perspective, and the ability to see the bigger picture, allowing you to reassess your life and see what changes you’d like to make in order to be happier,” says Kane.
• REST a busy mind by doing something that requires 100% concentration, like learning stand-up paddle-boarding, or scuba diving.
• RECHARGE by living in the moment, for five days in a tropical paradise. The sixth and seventh days, brainstorm about how you want to spend the rest of your life.
• REVIVE your individuality by trying something out-there like a Hawaii Shark Encounter or running a zombie trail race.
Your Kids Think a “Vacation” is a Trip to the Mall
Break sedentary habits and short attention spans with a full-throttle, high-energy trip they’ll be talking about for years afterwards.
• REST with a good book, while your kids tire themselves out in the Waterpark Capital of the World.
• RECHARGE childhood curiosity on a rainforest night hike.
• REVIVE or start, a family tradition, on a quiet cottage retreat.