Happy Tuesday! Merry January! Yeah, that falls flat. Lots of us are feeling blah, as winter wears on and the excitement of lofty New Year’s resolutions wears off. The Swedes have a term for these post-holiday weeks: Oxveckor – which translates to Ox Weeks. You plow through the weeks in the cold and the mundane. It is tough work; some days you are motivated to get your list checked off, some days you aren’t.
But take heart! Today is #NationalPlanForVacationDay! So, grab that cup of coffee, your bucket list, and a map. Lift yourself out of the Oxveckor doldrums and plan for some fun in a faraway place.
We will let you in on a secret. Planning is the key to actually taking your vacation time and going on that trip you’ve dreaming about. You have to make a deliberate decision about “when” and “where.” That’s hard for some of us, but we can do it. And it is worth it. Planners report greater happiness than Non-Planners in their relationships, work-life, health, and general well-being.
So what are you waiting for? Use #NationalPlanForVacationDay to take back your calendar, and put a rejuvenating vacation at the top of your list.
Here are three tips for planning your vacation:
- Decide when you want to go, and how much you can spend.
- Brainstorm ideas for your time off. Domestic or international? Adventurous or relaxing? By yourself, with family or friends, with a group? Bustling cities with museums and nightlife, or a secluded mountain or beach? What sounds energizing and rejuvenating?
- Call in the experts! Using a knowledgeable travel consultant helps you maximize all aspects of your trip - time, money, smooth logistics, and memorable experiences.
It’s your choice. Do you want your vacation days to put wind in your sails, or become dust in the wind? Choose well! Channel that Ox mentality and plow through your bucket list!