People like to travel. This is the best way to break out of your mundane life, and create a distraction. Travel has many benefits, our minds open up the more we explore and learn about different places in the world and their history and culture, our confidence builds up as we learn to do things on our own, and we get a most refreshing break out of a depressive or tedious life.
But we cannot just up and travel. There is some planning that needs to go into it, we need to look at our current circumstances at home and at work, with families, friends and colleagues.. Let's look at some short-term changes we might have to consider, if we decide to travel.
1. The time of travel.
We are guessing you have a location in mind that you wish to travel to. Consider the season at the destination. This will be important when you start planning for the trip, and for the packing. Would you be traveling domestic or international? Are you flying or driving? All of this will depend upon the time range you have in mind. Also, figure out what is the most desirable time for you to travel. As you can see, you need to cover both bases. Figure out the best time for you to travel, and for how long of a break you are able to comfortably take, and also figure out the best time to travel to the destination location. When both these times match, the trip is the most productive.
Usually, though, people take their vacations during regular breaks, like spring breaks, winter breaks, summer breaks or long weekends. So, these times also become the peak season of travel, and everything is expensive, the flight tickets, the hotel stay, and the activities you plan to do. And, not to mention, the extreme crowds everywhere during these times. If you have the flexibility of time, nothing like it. Off-peak times are the best. We are assuming that you have already considered any budget constraints etc., that will make your travel planning easier and not break your bank.
2. Things at home.
So many things at home need to be given due consideration. Are you traveling with your family? In that case, your house may be uninhabited for the duration. You might need to inform someone to keep an eye out, and make sure your alarm system is in order. Do you have pets? Are you leaving them home? Then, you will need someone to come over to take them out, walk them and feed them. Or you could definitely look for a dog sitter. Do you have plants indoors or outdoors that need to be watered? Then again, you will need someone to come over and take care of all of this for you. You will also have to provide information to them on turning off the alarm system when they come over. These things are very important to be considered, else you may find yourselves in a big mess and high stress on your return.
Another important consideration is to look at all the people traveling, and make sure everyone's schedules are taken care of. Your significant other may need to make arrangements, so their schedule can match with the travel dates. You need to figure out the kids' schedules. If they have a break, that becomes easier. If not, you will have to work with the school to make sure your child's study is not affected by their two-week absence. It takes effort to give all of this due consideration, but it will be of great benefit to you when you get back into your regular routine.
3. Things at work.
Your immediate team needs to know that you are traveling, and will not be available, unless in an emergency situation. You might need to work with your manager and/or your HR department, and make sure there are no clashes with important releases or deadlines during your time of travel. It is very important that nothing at work gets disrupted in your absence. It is also important to specify and make available your personal email, with instructions to use it responsibly and only in times of absolute need.
Also, make sure you can assign someone with your tasks, and direct everyone to that person first, in case your services are required. Depending upon the time difference of your work location with your destination location, let your team know your approximate response time. This sets their expectations right, and you can avoid surprises or disappointments.
4. Other things that are dependent upon you.
Just like all the things considered above, look into your daily life and see if there are any other situations that might be affected by your absence. Maybe your parents live nearby, and are dependent upon you. Make sure you can take care of that. Let other family members know that you are not available, that your parents may need their help, and to keep an eye out for them. Any other side projects that you are working on, let people know of your absence. We would recommend you do not post your absence on social media, sometimes that causes undue attention, and you do not want that. This is the time to pick up that phone and make the required arrangements. If you have grown children living elsewhere, let them know that you are gone for the particular time duration, and that they should not make any travel plans during the same time. Honestly, this is simply looking at your atmosphere, and organizing your absence to make sure everything runs smooth behind your back.
Now that you have taken into consideration all the things that might be affected if you simply up and left, and now that you have made appropriate arrangements to handle all these situations positively, you are ready for that most-desired travel that you wish to make. We hope you have an absolutely amazing trip, and hope you do not forget to post pictures of some of those gorgeous locations you visit.
We also hope that all the effort you put into preparing your environment for your absence, will pay you back with 100% peace, 100% management, 0% stress and a seamless return back to normal.
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