I always find some of my best thoughts and ideas come to me on holiday. A time for reflection, a time for perspective, stimulated by a change of scenery. Message to self… “take more holidays”.
This blog is being written whilst flying back to the UK having spent a few days in Madrid and Seville. It was good to get away and certainly a break was long overdue for us. It’s so easy to become embroiled in work and not look up and take a breather. As I have often said; if you’re feeling mediocre, you will have a mediocre impact on those around you.
It got me thinking about conversations I have had recently. In the last few weeks I have met three separate people who admit to not taking all their holiday entitlement due to the pressure and commitment of work. Admirable or bonkers? On the face of it admirable, but frankly they are doing a disservice to all those around them.
I always treat a holiday as an investment. A guaranteed payback! I don’t view the cost of holidays as an expense. I see it as a sound investment. How do you view your holidays?
I see many people who, despite being able to afford good quality holidays, end up scrimping and as a result, compromise the experience they could have had. In some cases, feeling more tired than before they went away, especially if they couldn’t get a good night’s sleep! I know, I’ve been there. It was after visiting Nice for a family holiday a few years ago that I promised myself I would change my attitude; beautiful location overlooking the sea, yet the air conditioning smelt so bad that we thought it had direct access to the sewage system. The bed was so uncomfortable that it felt like I was wrestling a crocodile most of the night and the noise from the restaurant below felt like we were in the midst of a party! Ever since I’ve seen a holiday as an investment to which I’m entitled.
So many people feel that spending on a vacation is an unnecessary expense. I could cite a number of examples whereby people I know have passed up superb holiday opportunities because their subconscious takes over and they feel guilty. Surely, it’s payback time for all their hard work over the years?
I know some of you might be thinking you don’t have to spend much on holidays to have a good time and you would be right. Money however gives you choices. Whatever type of holiday does it for you; don’t forget it’s important to enjoy your money whilst you have good health. It may be the best investment you can make!