I wrote this blog nine days ago…I wanted something to post on my first day of vacation. I’m leaving for Seattle and on Friday I get aboard Royal Caribbean’s Rhapsody of the Seas heading to Alaska with my sister, Sandy, and my folks, to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary (which is actually Sept. 16 but summer is best for Alaska).
I am excited about the trip. We’ve been planning it for almost two years. A perfect time to relax, catch-up on some reading, visit some new places, have great food and great wine, and celebrate a major milestone. At the same time, I am a bit freaked out. I’m not very good at disconnecting. My sister and I have travelled a lot together and she gets very upset with me when I check my phone for messages while we’re on vacation (I usually sneak a peek when she’s brushing her teeth). But in this always-connected world we live in, it is a challenge for us (well for me) to leave the phone in the charger and just let whatever happens in the world happen without me knowing about it instantaneously.
In the June issue of Inc. magazine, they had a small article (see photo) article on taking vacations. If you live in Brazil, you’re taking an average of 30 days’ vacation a year. Here in the US, about 12 (I’m right on track with this trip). According to the article, 61 percent of us tack on three extra days to our vacation to cover some business (yep, doing this, too. Going in a day early to spend some time with our PRGN partner, The Fearey Group). Further, 20 percent of us regularly check email while on vacation.
I have a great team, I know my clients will be well-taken care of while I’m gone. If someone emails me, I’m fairly certain that if it can’t wait till I get back, someone else will be able to help them in my absence. My Facebook and Twitter accounts won’t suddenly be hacked if I don’t post everyday.
So to ensure a fun vacation (and Sandy not yelling at me), I going to do my best to disconnect while I’m away. I will probably still glance at email and if I capture a great photo of a glacier, I am going to want to share it on my Facebook page. So this blog post is my official “out-of-office” reply. I won’t be back online until I return to the office on July 30. Bon Voyage!