I wrote a book about travel hacking and flying for free, which I think is one way to have a blast with the whole family while saving a lot: usually the most expensive part of a trip is getting to where you want to be. But travel works in all sizes, and there really is no need to go far from home. A (day) trip to the next town over can be just as exciting as one across the country, or the planet.
I like to get away at least once a month for a short trip, and traveling across the globe every few weeks is simply not always going to happen. While the extended trips to different continents are nice, I’m happy that the experience of travel can also be found much closer to home. Living in Western Canada, the Rocky Mountains are within short range from my home, and a few days there put me in such a different place that I often feel I’ve been gone for much longer. It helps me to reset my brain. When I return, I always find I’m more productive, focused and dedicated to the work I have to do. On top of that, getting away reduces stress, which in turn improves my health as well as my personal and business relationships. I come back renewed and refreshed, which means I’m much more pleasant to deal with for everyone.
The goal is taking time for yourself “away” from the daily routine. Time to recharge the battery, disconnect from work and re-connect with those who matter most. A different environment can help, but if you bring your smart devices and stay connected with work while “away” it won’t do you as much good. Whether you’re going far away or staying close this summer, remember to disconnect from work and (re)connect with the people important to you. It’s all about priorities.