When it comes to taking time off of work, what’s worse than saving up all of your precious vacation days just to take a trip that’s, well, awful? Probably nothing.
Vacation time is precious. For a country like Nigeria, where work load always seem unending, an opportunity to take some time off is gold, and most people don’t get nearly enough of it. Although it’s almost impossible to avoid pre-trip stress, that doesn’t mean the entire thing has to go to waste
Here are tips to help you make the most of your vacation time:
Avoid the work sandwich
For many people, the weeks right before and right after a vacation are so jam-packed with work that it can poison the vacation. Working overtime before the trip can leave you exhausted instead of energized, and spending your vacation dreading your return to pages of unread emails defeats the purpose of putting up that away message in the first place.
While it may be difficult to avoid being sandwiched by work, there are ways to minimize its impact. One approach is to space out extra work over a longer time period so that you’re not pulling all-nighters days before the trip. Another is to tell colleagues about your vacation far in advance to make sure that they know not to send requests right before or during your trip.
Take lots of pictures, but first take everything in
It may seem like the best way to preserve memories of a trip, but research suggests that the act of taking photos can actually .
To overcome this effect, try to take in an experience with all of your senses before reaching for your camera—or do an activity twice, once camera-free and then with an eye for good shots. Clearly there are some situations that call for acting fast and capturing a moment before it’s gone, but if we treat every moment like that we may end up missing out.
Choose vacations that you genuinely want to take
As with many things in life, vacation choices can be subject to social pressure. When considering different vacation options, ask yourself to what extent you’re considering something because it seems like the kind of vacation you should be taking or he kind that would impress other people.
Where would you want to go if no one else knew r cared? Whether you choose to lounge on the beach all day or take a money-saving staycation, the important thing is to make a choice that reflects your own desires rather than pressures from others. If your preferences differ from those of your travel companions, find a destination where you can all do the activities you like, or alternate choosing destinations.
Disconnect from the internet—and connect with the people around you
Vacations are a great opportunity to connect with family and friends in a way that isn’t always possible in everyday life. Research suggests that traveling together can strengthen bonds, improve communication, and even reduce the likelihood of divorce. To make sure you reap these benefits, leave your devices at home, or at least turn them off.
When it comes to vacation, what do you do to make it worthwhile?