See the World: Four Excellent Reasons to Travel despite Being Busy
“Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comforts of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things. Air, Sleep, Dream, the sea, the sky—all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it” –Cesare Pavese
We get it.
Humans are perpetually busy, no doubt about that. Today, in a world with sporadic economic highs and lows and where the prices of goods seem to be always increasing, people are more concerned about making a livelihood and ensuring that they can make ends meet every single day. Indeed, it seems like quite a lot of people make their jobs a priority insomuch that they neglect to take time off for themselves. While this is not necessarily a bad thing, people also need to realize that we only have one life and if we spent our only shot at it stressing about our jobs and looking for new ways to make money, what kind of life would that be? More importantly, can we even say that we have truly lived at all? After all, according to a popular adage, we were made to do so much more than just pay bills and die.
In this regard, we ought to go out there, enjoy our lives every now and then and savor the one life that has been granted to us. Today, with the rise of affordable airline tickets, more and more foreign countries are within reach. So, why not take a break every now and then? It might not be easy to negotiate with your full schedule, but that does not mean that it would be impossible to pry some time away from work. Who knows? A little spontaneous excursion might just be what you need to get your work gear in action and produce better results at work. After all, a vacation does not necessarily have to mean a long trip to an exotic country.
It can be a weekend food trip at Pampanga or a short but fun domestic road trip—it can be anything so long as it takes you away from your work desk for a little while. If you are hesitant about taking an extemporaneous short vacation, here are several reasons why it might be good for you:
1.) You reduce your stress
Whether you are swamped with work, pressured by deadlines or are experiencing burnout, taking a leave from your work tasks and responsibilities and going on a trip can do wonders for your stress levels. In fact, it has been shown and proven that a vacation will reduce stress—any kind of it. Remember, if you have been coming home feeling stressed all the time, it might be a good indication to take time off work. After all, working while feeling stressed is counterintuitive and might cause you to yield subpar results. Stress keeps you from seeing things clearly so if you are overwhelmed, take a break and go on a vacation. It really puts things into perspective and allows you to have a healthy balance between your work and personal life.
2.) It is good for your health
Studies have shown that individuals who go on vacation actually have a longer life span. This is owing to the fact that their overall risk for death is reduced by twenty percent. Similarly, an article by the New York Times has asserted that you increase the rate of dying soon by twenty-one percent when you do not take any regular and annual vacations.
3.) It motivates you to be more creative
Think of a vacation as a momentary pause on the routine programming of your life. This very same pause allows you to refresh and recharge your brain cells—and what better way to do that than going out and exploring new places, right? Vacations are an avenue not only for relaxation but for refreshing and recharging one’s self—something which every individual must regularly do. After all, humans do not function like robots where they can go the long haul without so much as a break. You deserve that break too and who knows, you might just inspire the most creative ideas while you are away from work or your office desk.
4.) You give yourself or your family some time
Being perpetually busy and swamped with work tasks can be construed as not properly taking care of one’s self. Take note: Quality of life is hinged on how you appreciate yourself and those who are around you. This means the time you spend with yourself, family and friends. So, if you have not been able to spend some time with the people you love lately then go on a vacation. It is an avenue for you to think about the things that truly matter through introspection and reflection. More importantly, it gives you the kind of calm and peace that could not be found in an office environment.
Keep in mind that although we need to make a living, we also need to experience life and this means that we need to take a break every now and then. Remember, in our endeavors to selfishly guard our times, and we might end up missing out on the most memorable experiences in our lives. Even worse, we may end up losing some of the most important things in it. It is okay and even important to be selfish sometimes. After all, can you really call a life that is all about work exclusively a life at all?