Back in the day, I'm pretty sure that everyone, as a kid, used to look forward to the holidays, being away from school. We would enjoy the weeks of freedom, probably on a beach somewhere enjoying the sun, sand, and sea. These days, people have heavy workloads and more often than not tend to forget, stress taking over their lives. As a matter of fact, most of the people in the US don’t take all of the vacation days that they are allowed per year, some not even taking them at all. The most common excuse was that they were worried about falling behind in their work while others worried that they would lose their edge in the competition for promotions. We believe that this reasoning could be flawed since according to research, vacations are good and they also increase productivity. Below we are going to look at some of the benefits of vacations.
Vacations make people happier
According to research, vacations tend to make people release the tension and stress in their lives. They tend to be in better moods and even have higher levels of energy. Vacations also tend to bring about satisfaction in life when people come back from the vacations. The result is a calmer, energized, happier miner, and a more satisfied, de-stressed employee sound like a good outcome.
Vacations are good for your health
We all know the sort of effects that stress has on health. Chronic stress brings about stress and puts people at risk of ill health. Although we all need some periods of stress in our lives it’s also important to know where to draw the line and how to take a break and go on vacation. This is a chance for our bodies to get rid of the stress, recuperate and repair. People generally tend to feel healthier the moment that they go on holiday, their bodies physically better and reduced cholesterol levels.
Vacations increase productivity
Vacations are not only good for the individual but are they also good for the workplace, according to research. When employees take a vacation, their stress levels and burnout on the job tend to lower, their absenteeism other than for health-related issues goes down as compared to before, and their work seems less effortful.
As you can see, it is very important for one to spend time away from work. It is very important for one to remember when to take a break from work if they want to realize the benefits that we discussed above. According to studies, people who spend a lot of time thinking negatively about work while on vacation actually had higher levels of exhaustion and disengagement from work when they reported back to work after vacationing, experiencing enhanced effects and making them happier and more satisfied with their lives even in the face of a heavy workload.
For this reason, it’s not enough just to leave the office, one needs to switch off when they take time off. When on vacation, it is important for one not to think about all of the things that annoy them at work, don’t log into their emails unless it's urgent and limit their use of electronic devices. This could probably be referred to as a digital detox and one should not feel guilty to take it. They can upload the photos later. When they get back to work, they will be a lot more productive.
We have looked at the importance of vacations, and now we are going to look at some of the vacations that one can take with Rustic Pathways, a leader when it comes to providing superior quality travel and service programs for students and families in more than 20 countries around the world. They are professional and integral in their operations, insisting on quality in all aspects of their programs, and places the safety of their students above all other considerations.
Rustic Pathways Programs
Rustic Pathways gives people to join them in climbing Africa’s tallest volcanic mountain, Mt. Kilimanjaro. Guides, porters, and cooks will head with you up the Marangu route as you head for the snow covered, tallest peak in Africa. From the slopes, one can have the chance to view the vast savanna spread down below, and when they get back down, they can bargain for souvenirs from local vendors.
Irrawaddy Village Service
In this program, people make connections with Burmese students, experiencing life as true locals in everyday Burmese village life. They get to teach the local students English and also explore the beautiful temples in Burma.
Island Living and Eco-Service (Spring Break)
This program gives people the opportunity to explore mangroves, reef formations, and marine wildlife at Los Haitises National Park and Samaná peninsula. They can work on ecological restoration projects and learn from experts and communities about the efforts to maintain the extensive biodiversity of the region. Swimming in hidden caverns to see ancient Taino cave paintings, and raft down the white water rapids of the Rio Yaque del Norte, the longest river in the Caribbean, is something that people don’t want to miss.
Traveling Soccer and Service Team
In this program, people get the opportunity to travel, work, and play their hearts out on the intensive two-week soccer and service project through the heart of Costa Rica. Soccer will be used to develop relationships with tico locals throughout this beautiful country, and give back to the host communities through thoughtfully designed service initiatives. One can also take advantage of the best adventure activities that Costa Rica has to offer.
Island Survival, Australia
In this program, the participants undergo mental and physical challenges after being marooned on a deserted island. They are allowed to carry only three items of their choice as they seek to learn survival skills from Australian Army specialists and a former participant of National Geographic’s series Naked and Afraid. In between the hard work, there’s plenty of time to enjoy this island paradise as you snorkel above the Great Barrier Reef, collect marine life data, and help with environmental projects while enjoying the beautiful sunset over turquoise waters.
The Minke Whale Research Expedition, Australia
This is a four-day live-aboard program that is a dive expedition, giving them the opportunity to partner with marine biologists to research Dwarf Minke Whales. During this exclusive expedition, participants venture to the far reaches of the Great Barrier Reef to snorkel with whales and record observations on their behavior. This directly contributes to the ongoing research of James Cook University. This is the program for those with aspirations of careers in marine biology, this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity will catapult you ahead of others studying this discipline. Please note that students must be certified SCUBA divers to participate in this program.
Innovation In Action, Cuba
This is a 2-week crash course that gives people the opportunity to explore the pristine Caribbean beaches, learn about sustainable farming practices while working aside local farmers. They can then immerse themselves in Cuban culture, music, and food.
Viva Cuba! Culture and Conservation
The participants can explore Cuba from a local perspective. Work alongside conservationists and farmers, hike through beautiful waterfalls, and, of course, explore the historic city of Havana. They can swim in the gorgeous blue Caribbean sea and then camp in Altos de Banao preserve.
African Wildlife Conservation, Tanzania
This program gives the participants the opportunity to work with the famous Jane Goodall Institute and gain hands-on experience in wildlife research. They can become the ultimate safari biologists when spotting chimpanzees in their natural habitat, as they promote environmentally friendly economies and ecosystems.
Beyond Capitol Hill: Refugee Youth Tutoring and Enrichment, United States
This program gives the participants the chance to become a teachers and mentors to the refugee youth of Baltimore, Maryland and get a chance to explore DC’s monuments and history. They can learn about humanitarian efforts taken to help these local youth and become a part of the change.
California Dreaming, United States
The participants in this program can join a road trip through the gorgeous Golden State! From San Francisco to Monterey, they’ll hike and camp through the state’s best national parks and enjoy the beautiful coast. Check out the highlights below:
- Surf the Golden Coast
- Camp the Redwood Forests
- Swim in the gorgeous Lake Tahoe
- Hike through the breathtaking views of Yosemite
Off the Map: Alaska, United States
This offers the opportunity to venture into America'’s last frontier to explore the gorgeous glacier view that Denali National Park has to offer while sharpening their camping and survival skills!
Silk Road Service, China
People get the opportunity to move outside the big cities and into the lesser-known countryside of the Yunnan province where you'll interact with ethnic minority groups and volunteer with the Heart 2 Heart foundation, teaching children and adults how to read in English. The highlights of this program are as below:
- Exploring the Chinese countryside
- Teaching English in the Yunnan province
- Visiting the Tibetan Plateau
Surf and Service (Spring Break), Costa Rica
In this program, people get the chance to learn how to surf or take their skills to the next level during this one-week, spring break program. Live at the base house and soak in the laid-back culture of beach town life. When they’re not surfing, they can work directly with local families helping to improve their homes and standard of living. They can also go whitewater rafting and rappel down waterfalls. The highlights include:
- Surfing the beautiful Caribbean seas
- volunteering with locals to improve low-income family homes
- Exploring Costa Rica's wildlife and navigate its land
Well, there you have it. It is important for you to take a vacation whenever it is needed and why not take it going to destinations which will have substance on you. The choice is yours, and remember, you can also ask for your own customized vacation destinations.