Need a break? Careful what you ask for …

Soft SkillsSpring is right around the corner, right?

Right??

Sure it is. So, maybe it’s time to plan a little getaway to recharge your batteries – with the higher goal of making yourself a better and more productive manager.

But, researchers warn that you should really put some effort into the planning aspect of your next vacation IF you really want to relax and enjoy yourself.

Studies of vacationers in the European Union – where everyone gets lots of mandated and PAID time off – show that many folks return to work more miserable than they were before they left. (Serves them right).

I Dare You
The chief cause of the misery is twofold:

  1.  just the sheer, all-around hassle associated with travel, and
  2. adjusting to an unfamiliar place and routine.

This insight all comes from a survey of 414 travelers by the Institute of Applied Positive Research.

(You gotta love that name. APR: where the glass is always half full.)

If you’ve seen any of the National Lampoon vacation parodies – or lived through your own real-life version – you can understand how a get-away can turn into no-way.

We all need a break

The people who conducted the study suggest ways to make your vacation less stressful and more restful:

  • Do a lot of planning. You should start at least a month in advance to ensure you get the most out of your vacation and come back ready to work.
  • Pay attention to small details. The little things often make the difference between an enjoyable trip and a disaster.
  • Consult with an expert, if needed. See a travel agent who understands the subject.

Sheesh, it all just sounds like so much work.

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