5 Reasons to Take a Break and Get Away This Weekend

When I made the decision to become debt-free, I had to hit the pause button on taking weekend trips and yearly vacations. But now I feel it’s time to reward myself a little with a much needed break.

There are so many excuses not to travel – not enough time, not enough money, fear of the unknown, the list goes on.

The reasons why we can’t take a break to travel, often outweigh the reasons why we should. Below are 5 reasons why you need to ignore all your excuses, take a break from work and take that weekend trip anyway.

1. You Work Hard to Play Hard

Two years ago, I worked so much I literally didn’t have time to spend the money I made. I worked 16 hour days, plus Saturdays and Sundays – I wasn’t even home in time to pick up my mail.

After I realized it was time to quit, I promised myself that since I worked hard, I’d play hard too. Why else do we work so hard except to live a little?

Life is short and tomorrow’s not promised, so take advantage of it while you can.

2. Get a Fresh Perspective

Not much changes in our daily lives. We answer to schedules, routines and calendars. It’s a cycle we repeat every day, which leaves no room for spontaneity or change.

Even if you’re happy in your work and life, getting away for a few days will open your eyes to a fresh perspective. This could be exactly what you need to brainstorm a new business idea, or to breath life into an old project.

Whether you drive an hour or across the country, what you experience outside your daily routine will show you there’s more to life than just your to-do list.

3. Find and Meet New People

Getting offline and into the real world is not only healthy but it’s a great way to meet new people. Face to face human interaction is a very important part of living a balanced life, especially if you’re self-employed working from home.

It’s vital that you and I get out to make real life connections.

Not all of the people you meet will help further your career, but that’s kinda the point. Relationships don’t always need to be work based, sometimes it’s nice to have a few real friends.

4. You Need to Relax and Recharge 

Day-to-day life can drain you, physically, emotionally and spiritually. Our bodies weren’t made to be robots working all day, making withdrawals and getting nothing in return.

It’s imperative you take time to recharge, because without regular deposits, eventually your ATM will be empty (yes I talk in financial metaphors!).

So take the time to relax and put some distance between the daily responsibilities that siphon away your energy.

5. Discover New Challenges

This is probably one of the most important reasons to get away this weekend. I don’t like being out of my comfort zone, and I have to force myself to push past my reservations.

Traveling in itself is challenging, with unfamiliar food, new places and people you’ve never met before. Yes, the unknown is scary.

And yes, you’ll probably get lost from time to time (I know I will). But if you look at it as a challenge instead of an obstacle, you’ll gain more confidence, learn more about yourself and grow as a person.

Make the decision now, to get away from it all, even if it’s only for a couple hours.  New experiences can teach you a lot about yourself! So go for a drive, try a new restaurant and get away this weekend.

 Photo Credit: breahn

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About the author: Carrie Smith is the financial artist and editor behind Careful Cents. She helps creative entrepreneurs make a living with their creations, and reach financial freedom through systems and financial organization. She’s been featured in The Huffington Post, Glamour Magazine, Kiplinger Finance and several other business websites. In May 2013 she quit her full-time accounting job to pursue entrepreneurship and blogging. You can find her on Twitter or Instagram @carefulcents.

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  • Daisy June 14, 2012, 8:49 am

    I definitely want to get away ASAP. We went to the Oregon Coast in May, and the boyfriend keeps asking now where we’re going next. Have fun on your trip!

  • JordannK June 14, 2012, 9:09 am

    I just went away at the end of May and it was a very much needed weekend trip. My fiancee and I haven’t decided where we’re going yet in the fall, hopefully some place new, but we’re definitely going somewhere.

  • Modest Money June 14, 2012, 11:49 am

    Where are you going on your trip, if you don’t mind me asking?  Anywhere exciting?

    I know I could definitely use a vacation.  My problem is the time and also finding a reliable cat sitter.  I do have a family weekend getaway planner later this month which should be a nice break.  I know I keep going as a workaholic I’m bound to just burn out eventually.

    • Carrie Smith June 17, 2012, 10:14 pm

      I’m just getting in my car and driving! Sometimes not having set plans is all the fun anyways, plus I love driving. It’s very relaxing. I tend to be a workaholic too, which is why I forced myself to take a weekend off.

  • thethriftyspendthrift June 14, 2012, 5:21 pm

    We aren’t taking any big trips anywhere this year—I wanted to but once we started to seriously look for housing, we decided to stick to one trip.

    Of course, we’re being cheap and embarking on a huge camping trip. Camping is my go-to suggestion for people who don’t have a lot of money for a vacation.

    • Carrie Smith June 17, 2012, 10:15 pm

      I love to go camping and definitely recommend it too. Even if you have money, it’s nice to keep it simple. :)

  • Robb June 15, 2012, 2:29 am

    I definitely feel you on this, I haven’t had a vacation in a little over 2 years either but for different reasons. In 2010 I found out I was getting laid off the following year so I pretty much shut all unnecessary spending down and started hoarding cash because I didn’t know how long it would take me to find something new. Then after I got laid off I was unemployed for 3 months, found a 3 month temp job, then was unemployed for another 6 months before I found a permanent position. What is interesting is that after basically a year of massive employment uncertainty now that I have that concern off my mind I’m sort of asking myself “Ok now what?” I definitely want to visit different places but the thing is it could easily be something small – a weekend trip would be a good start I think. Have fun on your trip, you’ve definitely earned it!

    • Carrie Smith June 19, 2012, 8:57 am

      Thanks @twitter-56905548:disqus Sometimes taking a short weekend away can do wonders for your life. It helps relieve stress and pushes the reset button. :)