5 Reasons to Take a Break to Travel and Get Away This Weekend

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You deserve to take a break to travel and get away this weekend. 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. But you work hard and you should reward yourself.

Below are 5 reasons why you need to ignore all your excuses and take a break to travel right now.

1. You work hard to play hard

Back when I hada full-time day job, 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.

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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 life 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 and take a break to travel this weekend.

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  1. Daisy says:

    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!

  2. JordannK says:

    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.

  3. Modest Money says:

    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 says:

      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.

  4. 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.

  5. Robb says:

    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 says:

      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. 🙂

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