Using a little PTO sounds like a no brainer, right? For some, sure, but it can also be easy to get swept up in our routines: you get focused on that promotion coming up, maybe you’re reserving the time for a relative’s wedding, or perhaps there are things around the house you need to get done first.
Whatever the reason, it can be hard to find the time to carve out to take a bigger vacation, and let’s face it—some companies do make it more difficult to get away. But with more and more businesses making PTO more lenient (and even starting to offer generous portions of it), plus flexible, hybrid schedules, it seems the tides are turning in favor of a little R&R.
What’s important is finding the incentive to take the time off to explore somewhere new. If the planning and researching feels more like work than your work itself, that’s where we come in!
Even when you do take some vacation, it’s understandable you may not want to put the effort it takes into planning something a year or so in advance, like a longer trip abroad. Plus, finding the tours that fit your interests, accommodations that work for the family, transportation, etc., can feel daunting. We will say this, though—whether you use a tour operator like us or not, we strongly believe a taste of another corner of the world is essential to understanding the entirety of it, and it’s a chance to get out of your comfort zone and live in the moment.
After all, we may work most weeks of the year, but it only takes one week or less to travel somewhere that can alter your perception of the world and experience things you’ll be talking about for years and years to come. Just in case you’re not convinced, here are a few reasons to use up that vacation time this year.