When was the last time you took a real vacation? Not a “workcation” where you check your email and do a little work here and there. I am talking about a real vacation where you completely unplug for a week or two — taking time that you are not only mandated to, but have also earned.
For many of us, we don’t take real vacations. We might take a few days here and there, weekend trips with the family, but rarely do we take those full two weeks and completely let go of work. I have only been in the workforce for a few years, but I have yet to take a vacation … until now.
It all started when my co-worker and I were comparing our bucket lists. Hiking Machu Picchu was at the top of both of our lists. So we decided to make it happen. In November 2016 we bought our plane tickets, and now in May 2017 the time has arrived. This month, we will be leaving for two weeks to hike around Peru.
While I know this trip will be the adventure of a lifetime, it does not come without its stresses. This is the first time I will be away from work for two weeks without any access. We will be hiking in the mountains; I will have no choice. There will be no phones, no Wi-Fi, no email … nothing.
While taking a real vacation can be stressful, it is essential to take time to unwind. Of course this is new to me, but I will fill you in on how it goes! See you on the other side of the mountain!