I’m one of those people that benefit greatly from an occasional change of scenery. My problem is when I need it the most it seems to be out of reach. I go through periods when I have no days off. It leaves me exhausted and longing for a vacation. Where could I possibly go if I only have one day off a month?
In my experience being self employed in my line of work is so much more stressful than working in corporate. However, when I weigh everything the rewards make it worth those stressful periods. If given a choice I would not go back. I’ll take several contracts with no days off to offset the times where no offers are on the table. It seems logical that I would use that time period to recharge and take a vacation. Sometimes I do. Other times I don’t in fear that I’ll get an offer while I’m gone.
So now there are two issues. I either barely have a day off which doesn’t allow time for a vacation or I have weeks off and am afraid to leave town. I have found staycations to be the solution. I can spend just one night away from home. I don’t miss any opportunities. I get the much needed change of scenery and usually I return home refreshed.
You may be thinking there’s nowhere to go in your home town. Look closer. Check out your towns tourism guide. You may discover a new place to stay or rediscover a place you have forgotten. I just came back from a night just over my state line. The drive was under 60 miles. I got to experience the shopping, dining, and hotel hospitality. It was just one night but it was enough. I’m in a good head space to return to work. I’m already looking forward to my next escape.