If you’ve racked up quite a few days of vacation time at work, you might be wondering if it’s about time to put those days to use. We at Country Negril Beach Cottages in Negril, Jamaica cater to many people on holiday, so we know a few ways to tell whether or not it’s time for a vacation.
How stressed are you?
How’s work going? Are you hanging in there, or do you feel like pulling your hair out each morning when your alarm clock goes off? Does the thought of cleaning one more thing in your house make you want to scream? It’s time to look for a vacation spot when you’re having trouble making it through the day without a meltdown.
What do you do in your free time?
If you’ve been calculating how much vacation time you have coming to you and have been trying to narrow down a vacation spot, you might be mentally ready for a getaway. It’s normal to regularly spend some time dreaming about cruises and beach resorts, but looking at flight prices and planning a complete itinerary is different. Once you start doing some serious planning, it’s time for a vacation.
Do you have enough money?
While being frugal is to be applauded, you don’t want to feel like you can’t do the things you want to do once you arrive at your vacation spot. Make sure you have enough cash to eat out, have the accommodations you prefer, do some fun activities, and buy a souvenir or two. You only get so much vacation time, so make it count.
Are you caught up with work?
The point of taking time for a vacation is to get away from work, so don’t ask for time off if you know you’ll have to be on-call or if you have any take-home work that you need to get caught up with. Once you leave your house for your vacation, work should not be on your mind until you get back. Make sure that your vacation time will be uninterrupted so you can come back refreshed.
What about your family?
If you’re planning a family vacation, you need to make sure everyone else is ready for a vacation, too. It’s hardly fair to ask you child to miss an important week of school or your spouse to get time off of work when he’s needed in the office. Sit down with everyone that’s going on vacation with you so you can discuss when the best time is to go, what kind vacation spot everyone wants to go to, and what attractions you want to hit.
Going on vacation is always fun, but since you probably only get a couple of weeks off each year, you should consider a few things first. When you need a break, can figure out the logistics, and your family is on board with the idea, it’s time for a vacation.