It’s Friday, and it feels kind of weird and sad not to have any plans for the weekend. With the weekend before last being my Grandpa’s funeral, and then last weekend being my brother’s wedding… It’s just going to be a very different weekend. I’m hoping to get to do some things with friends on Sunday at least.
There is a new study out by Princess Cruises that shows that Americans are relaxing less and less.. And in case you’re wondering why I’m writing about this, a lot of what we in the travel industry do, and my hope is that most of my own business will be leisure travel. So hearing that most people in this country are relaxing less is kind of discouraging.. But let’s get into more of the particulars on this study. About 50% of us are now taking our vacation days and using them to do things that they need to do, like going to the doctor or taking care of errands. Is that really restful to anyone?
The interesting thing is that one third of the people that were survey actually felt stressed when thinking about relaxing. What’s that about? Around 40% feel guilty about relaxing. And one third of us are saying that it is better to live within their budget than taking time to relax… Okay, I get the thing about wanting to live within your means, but you can’t work 24/7, you just can’t.. I would love to hear your thoughts about all this.. How do you balance life and work?