This is another one of my summer posts, yesterday was vacation tips, since I’ve got an actual week long family vacation to look forward to (my first week of a destination trip with the family since taking my job 2 1/2 years ago!).
I read a great post this week encouraging women to REALLY take a vacation. Not go someplace with their family and work, but go and recharge and reconnect.
Boy did that hit home, and I am SO excited about our family vacation to Yosemite (and the lack of connectivity).
Several of the tips I had started to adhere to already.
After an ever moving vacation attempt last year, and ultimately not getting a trip away anywhere because of “work logistics” (self-imposed, not from work), I PENNED in my vacation this year. We booked non-refundable plane tickets and reserved a home on the edge of the park and made our plans firm. We weren’t moving it anywhere since we’re not fans of losing a lot of money.
I notify my clients the Monday morning of my last week in the office and tell them I will be out of town on vacation with limited accessibility, but offer that I am completely free the leading week to complete any projects they need. Folks are very supportive, and I wrap up a lot of loose ends before heading out.
I also send a short wrap up of what’s going in my areas of responsibility to my boss and the attorney serving as emergency back up for me, so no one is caught off guard. (And I return the favor.)
So what works for you when you head on vacation? Do you unplug, and how?
If you don’t really turn technology off when you head out with your family or friends this summer, then find time this summer to really turn off and tune in to those you love the most.