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Vacation Planning in 2020 aka How to Take a Vacation When Travel Is Uncertain Due to COVID-19

Vacation planning isn’t necessarily at the top of everyone’s priority list, but each year most folks plan at least a one- or two-day break away from work. Maybe your getaway is normally spent a few hours’ drive away or a short flight away in another state or a long flight away overseas.

But what about this year?

Nearly everyone’s leisure travel plans were cancelled from February onward. As of this writing, some states still have two-week quarantine requirements for anyone arriving from out-of-state, and most of Europe is requiring international visitors to do the same.

If you can’t travel the way you’d planned to, what will you do for your vacation this year?

It sounds like a first world problem, right? “Oh woe is me. I can’t travel.” But here’s the thing. We travel to go on adventures, to seek joy from learning about a new place, to experience the thrill of the unknown, or just to take a temporary hiatus from our regular routine and life. No matter what your goal is for your vacation getaway, it boils down to experiencing your version of rest, relaxation, rejuvenation, and recharging.

And we all need that. Especially now.

So if you can’t travel because of travel restrictions or because your finances have changed dramatically in the past couple of months, here are some questions to ask for vacation planning in our current situation:

1 What kind of break would give you the rest, relaxation, rejuvenation or recharge you seek? (lounging, learning, sporting, etc.)

2 What kinds of activities would allow you to do this?

3 At which easy-to-reach destinations would you be able to partake in these activities?

4 If COVID-19 or financial restrictions allow you to only stay in your area, what types of activities would still give you the chance to take a break from your routine for at least one full day?

5 What is your budget for this?

Take some time to plan at least a one- to two-day break from work and chores around the house. Your to-do list during your vacation should consist of fun so you can take the break you need.

About Helene Segura, M.A. Ed., CPO®

As The Inefficiency Assassin™, Time Management Fixer Helene Segura empowers professionals on the go with the tools to slay lost time. Personal inefficiency at work leads to increased stress levels, lower morale, higher absenteeism, more turnover – and rising spending on employee health care and hiring. Why not improve productivity, decrease stress levels, and increase profits instead? The author of four books – two of which were Amazon best-sellers – Helene Segura has been the featured organization expert in more than 200 media interviews. She has coached hundreds of clients to productivity success and performance improvement by applying neuroscience and behavioral modification techniques to wipe out destructive, time-wasting habits. Helene turns time management on its head by sharing both client case studies and pop culture examples to teach her mind-bending framework for decreasing interruptions, distractions and procrastination so that companies can spend more time generating revenue.

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