I do, however, have some handy advice for how to plan a stress-free vacation. And, no, I'm not going to tell you to practice yoga or pack in advance or get to the airport early (though none of those things are bad ideas). Rather, I'd like to encourage you to consider the ways that advance planning can allow you more freedom to truly unplug from work and get the recharge you need, thereby making your time off the best it can be.
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Admittedly, I'm one of those people who likes to plan. (I may or may not have my vacations semi-planned through the beginning of 2019.) Because of my planning instincts, I've always requested PTO as far in advance as possible and was surprised recently when a close friend told me on a Monday that she'd decided to take Friday off because she wanted to go on a road trip.
"And your boss was fine with that?" I'd asked incredulously.
"Yeah, I have plenty of days left," she answered as though it were no big deal.
She might have the unused vacation days, and, granted, she wasn't giving her manager four days' notice for time off of any significant length, but it still seemed terribly last-minute to me.
So it was no surprise that a survey from Office Team revealed the finding that in summer months 32 percent of people are guilty of "not planning well for vacations." For what it's worth, 22 percent of employees had "unexplained absences," which suggests the possibility that a long weekend away was decided on the spur of the moment, making the employee suddenly, unexpectedly absent. These were both — understandably so — deemed negative behaviors.