Long Vacation VS Short Vacations, which is more relaxing?
To truly get away from it all, to reset and relax, many people believe they have to take a long two-week vacation. Taking a long vacation is difficult, as finding the time off of work is often hard or impossible for a long vacation. Luckily, the benefits travel provides can be gained through short getaways. Taking a weekend to get away can be just as relaxing and refreshing as a long vacation; in fact, it could be more relaxing and refreshing.
According to NBC, taking longer vacations is similar to binge sleeping by sleeping in late on the weekend to catch up on hours you lost sleeping during the week. Doing so just doesn't provide the same health benefits of sleeping a full eight hours every day. We need rest and relaxation periodically throughout the year, not all in one sitting once a year. In fact, taking long vacations can add more stress in your life by returning home to a mountain of work waiting for you after a week or two of vacation. On the other hand, by taking short weekend getaways, you are able to gain valuable "me-time" and refresh your mind and body.
Unplugging is necessary to really maximize the benefits of vacation and truly return home refreshed. By taking shorter vacations it is more likely that you will unplug. On longer trips you will inevitably find yourself logging on and scrolling through your Facebook or Instagram or checking on a major project you are working on. This negatively affects our overall well being and limits the health benefits of the vacation. Unplugging during a weekend getaway provides that reset you need.
A shorter work week is another benefit of a short vacation. Generally, if you're getting away for a long weekend you're taking either the beginning of the week or the end of the week off - or both. This shorter work week has the effect of re-energizing you in its self even though you're at work because you have something to look forward to as the week is no longer just a normal work week. So the rewards of a shorter vacation are reaped even after the vacation is over. In fact, Ohio State University has found that a shorter work week results in higher productivity. Take that one to your boss and convince him to give you a mini vacation every weekend!
In contrast, planning longer vacations can also be stressful and time-consuming which can limit your productivity at work prior to the trip. Planning shorter weekend getaways take less time and are generally less stressful. Saving and planning for periodic short getaways and vacations is difficult. At Weeklander, we curate, plan, and book getaways on subscription so you can get away more frequently and live your best life. Check out our subscription plans for more options.
Further, shorter vacations are cheaper, even if you go more than once a year. By spreading the costs of those vacations over time Weeklander is making it even more affordable by allowing you to budget and automatically save for your trip over time.
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