Vacations are an essential part of recovering from a workaholic culture. As highlighted by several researchers and health experts, taking time off is key to avoiding the buildup of burnout, which otherwise causes physical and emotional exhaustion and possibly even depression. By taking a vacation, you can come back to work more energized, refreshed, more creative, and with positivity.
The Benefits of Taking a Last MinuteHoliday
However, there can be challenges when trying to book a vacation. Peak season is often the biggest obstacle, as prices for accommodations and activities climb with demand. When traveling to places further out, people also tend to squeeze their itineraries with activities— leaving them more exhausted than they were before the trip. Rather than stress yourself out for planned holidays, it may be worth taking a last minute holiday.
Last minute holidays don’t have to be that difficult or expensive. Short-haul airline easyJet has discounted last minute holidays that let you book flights, a hotel, and a 23kg check-in bag in one package, with extra airport transfers for beach or lake holidays. They also have frequent flight schedules, keeping sudden getaways flexible and convenient, especially during off-peak times or if you’re flexible with where you want to go.
But the biggest question some may ask is, “Are last minute breaks worth it?” To many, these getaways are worth the trip and maybe more exciting than booking one in advance. Below, we visit some of the benefits of taking a last minute holiday:
Being more sure of common travel deterrences
When booking ahead of time, there is plenty of travel deterrence that can easily ruin your trip, including weather, destination restrictions, and other rules. Outdoor-oriented vacations are especially vulnerable to weather changes. As seen recently with extreme heatwaves across Europe, the peak summer months for travel have made holiday experiences less enjoyable for guests— with many tourists having a higher risk for heat stroke in destinations like Greece and Italy.
By booking late, you get a more accurate assessment of your destination’s weather and travel restrictions— allowing you to manage your expectations soon. You also have the opportunity to choose another destination if travel conditions are not favorable to you.
Take a break from the usual routine
As mentioned earlier, taking a break from your usual routine is essential to your well-being. Not only does it keep you from the stress that negatively impacts your body and mind, but you also set yourself up for work success when you return. Do note that there isn’t an ideal vacation time per person, as some can recover just from a day trip while others may need a week
Securing the best price possible
Planning in advance often secures you of everything from your transportation, accommodation, and activities— all set to be the way you want. However, by booking last minute, you can potentially catch some great deals. This works especially well if you’re flexible with your time, as often flights or stays inconvenient to others will have price slashes. For instance, MSC Cruises has offered a singular sale where a cruise trip averages only $24 a day. However, sailing began on December 22 for the five-night cruise, meaning cruise-goers had to sail through Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
There are plenty of benefits to going on a last minute holiday, such as avoiding weather problems, taking a break from work, and securing secret deals. If you’re still unsure where to go, we recommend visiting our post on our favorite sunny destination– Santorini– which may spark your interest. A key tip to remember for every spontaneous trip is to embrace the unexpected, so you can enjoy and make the most out of what you have.
VISION Destinations | August 2023
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