By Melissa Davies
Just a few weeks ago, temperatures in Paris, France hit 108.7 degrees. As someone who travels a lot, I was grateful I wasn’t there. I couldn’t imagine sightseeing, sleeping in a hotel room without AC, and bumping into other hot tourists. Instead, I was here, driving through Washington, DC, dodging tourists who were suffering through our 100-degree heat. The only difference (aside from the 8.7 degrees) was the AC.
Summer means vacation. A slower schedule, getting out of town, and experiencing new things – even if it’s the heat.
I always encourage the people I work with, to take a vacation. More than using the earned benefit, vacations recharge our spirits. Time away from work allows us to see friends and family, and free our creativity.
However, when it comes to taking vacations, people living in the DC area are horrible. We excel at so many things, but not vacation.
When economic times are tight, I’ve recommended staycations. We have a variety of local and free amazing sites. But it’s not working. People use the excuse of a staycation to continue working. It’s easy to take a few vacation days off and go into work. Or, work in the morning, call in for an afternoon meeting. After all, you’re home, right? Then you end up disappointing someone, your partner, kid, friend who expected time with you. You also disappoint your co-workers who assume if you’re around, you’re working.
With the final month of summer greeting you, make plans to leave your home. Travel far enough away from the DMV and your place of work that you don’t even recognize the area.
Last minute deals are everywhere. Check Hoteltonight.com, secretflying.com, theflightdeal.com, faredealalert.com, and flights.google for bargains. Sites like Orbitz and Groupon also run vacation specials. If you’re not already on vacation, you’re working somewhere and online.
It’s hot everywhere – get out of town!
Melissa Davies is an executive leadership coach and facilitator as well as the author of How Not to Act Like a BLEEP at Work. She resides in Prince William County and runs Wise Ways Consulting, which specializes in leadership, management and team development, executive coaching, group facilitation and high-engagement training. She can be reached at [email protected] or through www.wisewaysconsulting.com