This week’s Friday Resource was originally published by Harvard Business Review and discusses why employees have varying levels of happiness after returning from vacation.
To put it simply – all vacations are not created equally.
There is no doubt that a positive vacation creates a significant increase in happiness and energy levels while reducing stress. However, a poorly planned stressful trip can leave you more burnt out than before. According to the research, the post-vacation blues are more a result of the type of vacation you take than taking the vacation itself.
So is it easy to just have a great, stress free vacation? According to the research, apparently not. Luckily there are some steps you can take to help plan your stress free vacation.
- Go far away. We all know the benefits of a staycation – lowering your carbon footprint, saving money and being a tourist in your own city are all great things. However, a 2013 Twitter study revealed that the farther away the location, the better the trip tended to be for the traveler. Skip the staycation and explore the world.
- Plan in advance. One of the leading contributors to a stressful trip is poor planning. Lack of adequate preparations leaves you scrambling around and in a state of frenzy. Start planning your trip out at least a month in advance and your vacation stress reduces greatly.
- Hang out with a local. This may seem odd, but one of the biggest stressors of a trip is managing the tiny travel details that all add up. Getting in-touch with a local host can give you a better lay of the land, creating a much richer experience.
So it’s up to you, will you have an amazing vacation or face the (stressful) repercussions of a no-so-amazing one?
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