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Thanks to credit card rewards points, I’ve taken some amazing trips that I otherwise couldn’t take. I’ve planned some short vacations (long 3-day weekends), and some long ones (~2 – 2.5 weeks). Lots of travelers make the mistake of not going on vacation long enough, or staying away too long.
I’ve changed plans at least twice on longer trips I’ve booked, but changing plans costs time and money. So I was curious to hear what other experts say is the ideal time for a relaxing vacation.
According to researchers,
a vacationer will feel an increase of happiness over the first several days of vacation, with that feeling peaking on the eighth day.
How to Go on Vacation More Often, & Stay Away Longer When You Do
Plan in Advance
Often it’s employers that have trouble approving 8-day vacations. At my previous employer, I’d plan out my trips ~1 year in advance and give my employer lots of notice.
Delegate, Or Reschedule Assignments
Taking lots of time off can be hard on employees because of doubling up on work pre- and post- vacation. Before vacations, I developed detailed plans of what responsibilities were required to be completed during my vacation, and who would be responsible for doing them.
While I was on vacation, I checked my email daily for high priority requests. Doing these things helped my employer grant me vacation time because my back-up planning and occasional check-ins made him feel safer and that work would still get done.
How to Optimize a Long Vacation & Avoid Burnout
Take a Day of Rest
If your vacation does last for 7 nights or longer, we recommend taking at least 1 “day of rest.” I think resting every ~3 – 4 days if possible is ideal. This is time that you can any way YOU want to, whether it’s reading a book in the hotel room, making your last shopping rounds, or eating at the restaurant you’ve been dying to try.
The point is to take a break, unwind, do what makes you happy!
Pace Your Activities
Don’t plan strenuous activities, like hiking or ziplining, every day. Plan 1 day of busy activities, followed by a low key day, like hanging at the beach, exploring the town or treating yourselves to a nicer restaurant.
What tips do you have to share to help you get the ideal vacation time?