You need a vacation

“Duh, you are a travel planner… Of course, you’ll say that!”

Well, I am indeed, and believe me, I say it because as Destination Wellness’s travel planner (extraordinaire – there, we got it out of the way), I do have your best interest at heart; and I am passionate about sharing my love for travel with all of you. Travel does the body AND the soul good. Just like making Stephanie’s recipes to fuel your body after a yoga session with James, before you pamper yourself with one of Brenda’s delightful products! As your travel planner, I have crafted wonderful experiences for Destination Wellness, which I look forward to sharing with you so that your body, your soul and your spirit may soar as you connect and (re)discover the world, others and who you are!

So welcome to a little blog series about how to best plan for this vacation you need (and which your boss would probably rather you don’t take... just yet). Yes, I know, there is a pandemic, but some of us can travel, and others may want to plan their next escape. So, let’s all agree that indeed, you do need a break (and let’s assume you work and your vacation days are limited). How do you go about taking that time off? How do you ask your boss for these days you have earned? There are 4 main steps I suggest you follow so that planning for your vacation is as easy and stress-free as possible for you, your boss, and your peers. Today, let’s look at Step 1.

1. Ask for the days off as soon as you can Planning ahead of time can help ensure that if you work in an environment where workers get their days off on a “first-ask-first-get” basis, you are less likely to be denied. Furthermore, asking in advance will alleviate the stress your boss and co-workers may feel if they have to pick up your tasks in your absence. You will have plenty of time to plan with them, and they will likely feel more in control, and not “dumped” on. You might even initiate the discussion with your coworkers before asking, so that you all choose how to take your days collectively, easing the stress of anyone’s absence. Laura Vanderkam, author of Off the Clock: Feel Less Busy While Getting More Done, suggests some questions you all can discuss when planning time off: “How do we split up the year so there’s always coverage? Who shouldn’t be out of the office at the same time? When are the busiest times of the year? When are school breaks and holidays?

Let me know what you think of this first step in the comments! And feel free to contribute to this post as it is always interesting to exchange on such matters! And look for my second post for Step 2!

Armelle Fée Your Travel planner Extraordinaire

-- Armelle FéeYour Travel Planner Extraordinaire Founder of aktiv planet

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