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How to Help Your Workaholic Enjoy Their Vacation

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Vacation time is upon us. Summertime is here. Are you one of those people who has a hard time tearing themselves away from work long enough to enjoy some good old relaxation time? In this article, Tim Maurer comebacks the fears that many workaholics have about taking time off to enjoy a vacation and even mentions a couple tourist destinations. Enjoy these tips and advice to plan and execute your next getaway.

10 Reasons To Take A 10-Day Vacation

By Tim Maurer

For only the second time in my adult life, I just completed a vacation of more than seven days—10, to be exact. Corroborating my first experience, I am now convinced that there is a certain magic to the 10-day vacation and have resolved to make them an annual habit. Here’s why:

1. Most importantly, a 10-day vacation gives you the time necessary to surrender, to capitulate, to truly vacate. It wasn’t until fully four days into our Grizwoldian adventure that my wife was able to observe a genuine change in my demeanor. “You just seemed to visibly loosen up in that moment,” she told me. The moment she was referring to was when she, our two boys and I got caught in a torrential downpour in the middle of a bike ride. I wasn’t an overbearing ogre early in the week, but I was still in work mode; a tad too productive, efficient and compliant for vacation. It took me the first four days of vacation to transition from being a hesitant bystander to a willing participant.

2. Travel consumes a lesser percentage of your total vacation time. If you’re going someplace worth going, you’re likely sacrificing a day getting there and another getting back. Whether by plane, train or automobile—and even if the actual travel time is only half-a-day—the stress and logistical maneuvering consume a full two days. That’s almost 30% of the seven-day vacation, but only 20% of a 10-day break.

3. Because travel consumes proportionately less of the 10-day vaca, it also opens the door to a travelling vacation with multiple stops. With the family truckster fully loaded, we drove to Charleston, South Carolina from our home in Baltimore for three days prior to heading northward to Williamsburg, Virginia for another week—a highly improbable feat if you only have seven days to spare. This change in geographic context gave our single vacation the feel of two separate trips, each with their own set of lasting memories.

4. You’re gone long enough that you’re forced to off-load your duties at work. If I take a three or four-day weekend, I rarely even set my email out-of-office notification or update my voicemail message. I’m effectively taking a vacation while still on the clock in my mind. When I take a seven-day vacation, I’m hesitant to completely check-out of my work responsibilities and even feel guilty asking for help. But if I’m going to be missing days in more than two different work weeks, I really have no choice but to arrange for enough back-up help at the office to truly separate myself from the duties I’m hesitant to relinquish.

5. You’re gone long enough that you’re forced to budget financially for the vacation. Heeding Carl Richards’ advice,I don’t take a trip of any length without having budgeted for it. It takes away from the refreshment I seek when I have to wonder how I’m going to pay for the vacation when I get home. The additional time and cost of a 10-day vacation really demand budgeting in advance of your departure. Additionally, I recommend seeing where you stand financially five days in so you can recalibrate if necessary for the second half of your trip.

6. A 10-day vacation leaves sufficient time for the creation of memories through experience and the catharsis of do-nothing relaxation. One of the books I enjoyed over vacation was Laura Vanderkam’s, What the Most Successful People Do on the Weekend. I found much of the wisdom therein applied just as well to vacations as to weekends. Vanderkam suggests that we “set anchors”—activities to which we apply some forethought, with the aim of memory creation—and allow relaxation to fill the gaps in between. None of us wants vacation to feel like work, filled with have-to-dos, but these anchors are, in contrast, want-do-dos. For us, a couple anchors were to take a horse-drawn carriage tour of downtown Charleston and to ride our bikes as a family into historic Williamsburg for Colonial-era root beer and ginger cakes.

7. You have the time to actually develop rhythms of life unique to that particular vacation. One of my favorite things to do on vacations is to find new rituals that seem to apply to that particular area and our family’s phase of life. Personally, I try to maintain some semblance of a workout regimen so I don’t feel quite so guilty about over-exposing myself to the local cuisine, so I found a fitness center I could ride my bike to most mornings. Our boys, Kieran and Connor, are at those ages (nine and seven) when they could swim all day if you’d let them, so most nights we went for a night swim to cap off the day. But it takes a few days to explore and find the rhythms that will work in a particular place and time.

8. You get the joy of seeing the week and weekend vacationers leave—while you’re kicked back “working” on reading your second novel by the pool. There is nothing fun about leaving an enjoyable vacation, but when your vacation begins or spills over into the middle of a week, you get to watch other people yell at their kids for slow-playing the departure process while you order a fruity umbrella drink. Those days on which everyone else is travelling and checking in or out are also great days for planning an anchor event (see #6) when you’ll likely have less competition.

9. You can avoid the dreaded vacation hangover. Long weekends can feel torturously short and seven-day vacations often leave you wishing you could go back in time, but by the time a 10-day vacation is over, you’re starting to warm to the idea of getting life and work back to normal. The idea of sleeping in your own bed has increasing appeal, eating out has started to weigh you down, spending money like the Greek parliament has begun to feel self-indulgent and you’re almost anxious to get back to the daily rhythms of work and rest.

10. You come home a better spouse, parent, employee­—a better person. A 10-day vacation has the highest probability of providing the rest, relaxation and lifelong memories that we all hope to get, but rarely do, from the highlight of our summers. Conversely, taking fewer days often leaves a residue of dissatisfaction that leaves us perpetually wanting more. So go ahead, tack a few extra days onto your next vacation. We’ll all be better for it.

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5 MUST KNOW Skydiving Tips For Beginners

Destination

Your destination:  The sky!  It’s a total rush and nothing can compare to it.  It may be on your bucket list and you may want to try this more than anything; but there are a few things your really should know before you sign yourself up to go skydiving.

  • It Takes Time.  Learning to skydiving is a skill that takes time to learn.  Just realize this as you get started and don’t get discouraged because you do get better at it.
  • Don’t get psyched out.  Push that fear away.  Don’t let the negative thoughts creep in. Choose to continue learning and doing this until it takes hold of you.
  • Get Your Tools.  You have to get into that mental zone.  It may be mediation, a particular food or smell, or lucky pair of socks.  Whatever helps you, get it and use it.
  • Be Smart.  Sometimes you may want to simply refine your free falling skills, but use your energies to learn about the canopy that will get you to the ground safely.  Do this at the beginning as you are first building your responses to this amazing sport.  Ask questions, take a canopy control course or even get private canopy coaching.
  • Label Yourself.  Tell your friends and family that you are a skydiver. It feels good and helps you be accountable.

The sky is your limit, choose your destination wisely.

Courtesy of About.com:  http://extremesports.about.com/od/skydiving/a/The-5-Things-Every-Skydiver-Must-Know-but-No-One-Will-Tell-You.htm

Bed and Breakfast Roma

Hotel Roma

Just a short walk from the pulsating heart of Rome sits one of the best kept lodging secrets in the city – Bed and Breakfast Roma. The ideal resting place for both traveling families and friends, the B&B on Via Filippo Turati boasts three well-appointed guests rooms – all of which feature a private ensuite bathroom, closet, television, table and chair. Two of the rooms accommodate two guests; the third fits three. In addition to the capacious, fully furnished rooms, guests at the bed and breakfast have access to a kitchenette complete with refrigerator, stove, dishes and a washing machine.

Stepping into the bed and breakfast is like stepping into a livable modern art museum. Bold colors and geometric art cover the walls and the décor is decidedly eclectic. Chairs, sofas and lighting fixtures from a myriad of eras and cultures blend together to create a truly unique environment.

Every day from 7:30am to 10:00am guests can feast on fresh fruit, croissants, pastries, coffee and tea – a daily treat included in the price of the room. Once fueled with food, the treasures of Rome are only a short walk away from this ideally located lodging.

While smoking is not welcome at the Roma bed and breakfast, four-legged pet travelers are! Plus, children under 10 stay free! Be prepared to pay a small per person tax each night, but don’t expect to check-in before noon. That said, for travelers in search of funky, spacious, sunny lodgings close to many of Rome’s venerated sites, book a stay at the best Bed and Breakfast in Rome, you will be glad to did. Viaggi Sicuri! Need more information visit http://www.venere.com/it/beb/roma/

Comfort INN Convention Center – Manhattan, New York

Travel Buff

When it comes to hotels in New York, there are thousands to choose from. From high priced hotels like the Ritz Carlton, to the bit lower priced models that can come with uncertain amenities and in questionable areas, you can get lost just trying to choose a hotel online, let alone even visiting the city itself and getting caught in the whirlwind of energy in the Big Apple.

But there are certain areas and locations that a visitor would clearly want to stay once in New York, and one of them is the Manhattan area, situated right uptown. At the convention center, for example, the Comfort Inn Manhattan Convention Center hotel provides everything you might need for an amenable stay along with knowing that the great location will provide for you countless opportunities to see the sites and take in the city during your trip.

Amenities and Perks

From on-site parking and valet, to curbside cab and transportation services, and everything from breakfasts and exquisite meals in the hotel restaurant to a gym and sauna on site, the Comfort Inn Convention Center has all the perks and amenities you need to get the most out of your stay in Manhattan. You can rest assured knowing that everything you’ve come to expect out of a high quality hotel is available for you at this hotel in the heart of New York City, and the staff and employees are just a call away from being able to provide.

Great Location in Manhattan

What’s better than to be right in the heart of Manhattan while staying in New York City? Rather than being across the river in New Jersey, or out in another borough around the city, Manhattan is the center of everything big in New York, and provides for you the best location to be if you are a tourist visiting from out of town and interested in seeing the Big Apple up close and personal. With a prime location right at the convention center, and tons of events happening throughout the year at this location, you get everything you’ve ever dreamed of – and energy and hustle to boot – at the Comfort Inn Convention Center.

Close to everything, perfect for tourism

For tourists, the Convention Center Comfort Inn is ideal, simply because it provides a great opportunity to breeze down and see the sights, from the Statue of Liberty all the way up to midtown and uptown Manhattan. No matter what you came to New York to see – be it Times Square or the Empire State Building – you can do so knowing you’ll get to it full and well, and very easily, from your prime location at the Comfort Inn Convention Center.

All around, this hotel is a solid offering at reasonable prices in the often fast-paced world of New York City hotels. While it can be difficult to find and book a hotel in too many cases around the city, rest assured knowing that in this case, you certainly have a keeper that is idea for your next trip or vacation to New York. Check out http://www.venere.com/fr/new-york/new-york/ for reservation

Australia – Go Down Under – Travel-Buff

Best Places to Travel

What if you could swim through one of the wonders of the world? What if you could cuddle with a koala? What if you had the opportunity to walk through the world’s oldest rainforest? What if you could see someone perform a dance that has happened for the last 1,500 years? What if you went to Australia?

There is no end to the wonders that Australia offers to its visitors. From beaches to desert to rainforest, the climate runs the scale from wonderful to paradise. The incredible animals are bizarre and wondrous in their strangeness

kangaroos and koalas and platypi and so on. There are water sports of every kind and the opportunity to travel the Barrier Reef. Nights at the Sydney Opera House offer a treat with great views as well as the delightful plays, operas, and concerts.

Above and beyond all of that, the Australian people are amazing. They’re fun, easy-going, fit, and have accents that make the rest of the world jealous. With the entire continent as your oyster, you’ll have a pearl of a vacation with a trip to Australia.

A Trip to Las Vegas

Las Vegas

Visit fabulous Las Vegas!

A trip to Las Vegas is like a vacation to the center of the world. You can visit the Eiffel Tower, boat through Venice, watch a Broadway play, and then hit the casinos all in a few hours.

 

Vegas is, of course, most famous for its gambling, and there’s plenty of opportunity for that. But when you want to take a break (or when you’ve run out of cash), there’s a lot to keep you entertained. Watch the Bellagio Fountain show, an incredible display of fountains that plays out night and day. Head to the top of the Stratosphere Tower for a 360º view of the city from the highest freestanding observation deck in the USA. You can see the MGM lion exhibit or the dolphins at the Mirage.

 

Watch the Cirque du Soleil, see Broadway plays, listen to famous musicians and stand-up comedians every night, or explore at night and see why this is the City of Lights. What happens in Vegas may stay in Vegas, but you’ll remember the excitement forever.

Sun Never Sets on England Vacations

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If there is a list of nations ranked by how much impact they have had on the world, England will be one of the top-ranked countries. It has played a major role in many major wars, its empire has stretched from the Americas to India, and its people and language have spread across the globe. But for an individual, the biggest impact England will have on you is when you visit the country yourself.

If you’re an art lover, then England is bursting with opportunity. Visit the Museum of Modern Art, just across the Thames from St. Paul’s Cathedral. Explore the museums in Cambridge and Oxford, or the hundreds of museums, private collections, and art galleries that dot the country. Or simply admire the multitudinous forms of architecture that are the results of thousands of artists’ time, effort, and talent.

History buffs will find a trip to England satisfying, exciting, and extremely fulfilling. From Hadrian’s Wall to Glastonbury Abbey, from the Roman ruins in Bath to Canterbury Cathedral, through Parliament and Tintagel and the Tower of London, history imbues the country from top to bottom. Better than museums (although there are plenty of those, too), these places let you see the places where history took place and feel yourself in the moment.

Hikers will find incredible scenery across the island. The west coast down to Land’s End has sharp cliffs, turquoise waves, sandy beaches, fog and sunlight and heather all mixed together. Further north, in the Lake District, the rolling hills and rock walls covered in blackberry and currant bushes will enchant you. The parks in London are expansive enough to satisfy even the most avid hiker. And throughout the country, there are beautiful places to hike and stroll and enjoy yourself.

Are you a literature lover? There’s no better place to be! In England, you can visit Stratford-Upon-Avon and see the birthplace of the Bard himself, then drive a few hours to London to watch a play at the Globe. Visit Wordsworth’s home, or stop by Jane Austen’s house. You can even see the place where Beatrix Potter wrote her charming stories about Peter Rabbit.

Whatever you like and whatever you want to do, England is the place for you. You’ll find something to love and a place you’ll want to visit again and again, and leave forever changed.