I’ve just been on a 2 week holiday away from work, and let me tell you – it was great! I managed to only log onto work the one time, and that was to request additional leave from my boss. So today I thought I would commandeer my normal Monday post to reflect on why it’s good to go on holidays, and to also remind myself in the future that I need to get away from it all a bit more often than I usually do.
It’s Fun & Relaxing
We had a great time at the beach building sandcastles, watching wind surfers, going for walks and swims. Pretty much none of these things we do at home, but just being in a different location makes everything new and exciting and you want to soak it all in before you have to get back to reality. I know for me personally, I found that I was a lot happier, had more energy and I did more things I enjoyed doing, rather than things I have to do.
Spending Time as a Family
Sometimes I think that you can get so bogged down in the day to day that you can start to take things for granted. It almost feels like groundhog day sometimes when we are at home. But when you actually make the effort to go away somewhere else, it’s like getting a new lease on life. All of a sudden there is a sense of urgency in making the most of it and there is no doubt in my mind that my wife, son and I spent more time together than we had almost all year – and that’s the most important thing for me.
If I didn’t have this last fortnight off away from work then I would have missed my son learning to say “uh oh” in the correct context, and also copying me in my not so finest hour having a burp after an afternoon beer. Now we runs around the house making this weird deep urrrp noise and saying uh oh whenever he drops something.
We also built big sandcastles and beach pools and had big family walks – things that we just wouldn’t do together when we are at home. It might not seem like much to most people, but being there to play and watch my son develop in front of me, when I would have otherwise been at work, is pretty much the highlight of my holidays.
Another bonus was that I was away from the hustle and bustle of my day job. It’s not that I dislike my job, it’s more that being with my family and relaxing is far more invigorating for me than going to work will ever be. The only real stress that I had on this particular journey, was getting our house sold remotely. Fortunately my father was able to help me out and open the house for inspections, which was a huge help.
So as a reminder to myself (and anyone else reading this) – make sure you go on more holidays. Enjoy the time you have with your family and don’t get too stuck in the mud at work and put off your holidays forever. When you work for someone else you only get a handful of weeks a year to really enjoy your life, so make the most of them.
Finally a video of the beach we were staying at. It really was beautiful and pretty much deserted most of the time.