The Importance of Summer Vacation
For years earlier in my career, I didn’t believe in taking time off. I wore my lack of vacation like a badge of honor, recognized only by myself. Time and time again, people I worked with asked where I was going that summer. I’d proudly proclaim that I was staying close to the office, which was inevitably followed by a blank stare before they described their own fun-filled adventure plans.
It wasn’t until years later that I realized the disservice I was doing myself because:
A. Vacations prevent or reverse burnout. When I got the point where even getting away for a work conference was refreshing, I started to believe there might be something to the whole getaway concept.
B. Part of being an interesting person – as a colleague, business partner or friend – is having interesting experiences to talk about. The latest spreadsheet can only take you so far in a conversation! Having adventures makes for a richer, more even exchange.
C. It’s just plain fun. The world – near and far – is amazing. I’ve had a just as fantastic a time on trips an hour flight away as 14 (but there is something especially special to being very far away).
So where are you going or where have you been this summer?