According to Roy Morgan research, a third of Australians have their full 4-weeks of annual leave waiting to be used. Perhaps we all really love our jobs, or perhaps we’re too busy to find the time to plan and book a holiday. If it’s the latter we’re risking burnout by not taking the break we’re entitled to. So, check your schedule and find a space to fit in the holiday of your dreams; you’ve earned it.
For the adventurer
Just a few hours from our coastlines there’s a paradise for adventurers. In New Zealand, you can test out every adrenaline-inducing idea you’ve ever had. From skydiving to bungee jumping, hot air ballooning, whitewater rafting, caving, zip lining and heli-skiing – to name a few. It’s the perfect getaway when the office walls have you cross-eyed and craving more.
If your traveling partner has more sedate tastes you could try exploring the winery regions or getting a taste of Maori culture. Of course, no trip to Middle Earth would be complete without a stopover in Hobbit village.
“Not all those who wander are lost.” J.R.R. Tolkien
For the beach lover
Some weeks have you dreaming of beach lounges and cocktails but you’re brought back to reality by boring spreadsheets. If a week of the sun is in your sights then we think it’s time you took off for a taste of the Island life.
Wanting a romantic getaway? Hawaii is the destination for couples. With shopping, dining and some of the most beautiful waters in the Northern Hemisphere, it’s sure to leave you relaxed.
Family atmosphere abounds in Samoa and Fiji and they’re kind on family budgets too. Keep an eye on out for flight sales and book a spontaneous trip for you and the kids. Avoiding school holidays is going to help with costs and if you’re not gone too long we’re sure the school won’t mind.
For the solo traveler
Whether you can’t convince a travel companion to come along or you’re feeling like a week off with your own thoughts, Japan is the perfect solo travel destination. There’s enough traditional culture, pop culture and nightlife to keep you busy for days on end.
The people are friendly and there’s a very low crime rate which means you can feel comfortable asking someone for help. It’s also easy to get around by yourself with reliable public transport within the main cities and even across the country.
Make travel a breeze
Holding on to a lot of annual leave certainly implies you’re not a seasoned traveler. If the thought of jetting overseas have you signing up for annual leave spent on the couch; think again. There are a few travel accessories that will make it easier.
First, modern suitcases are both sturdy and lightweight which means you won’t struggle with small weight limits. If you’re still concerned then bring along some luggage scales to keep track of all the souvenirs.
To survive long flights a neck pillow is a must to prevent muscle strain from sitting up straight for hours at a time. An eye mask is a good idea if you plan on getting a lot of rest. It’ll block out the light of nearby commuters screens and keep you from being bothered by people moving along the aisles.
Your phone is likely to get a lot more use while traveling. From maps to photography and sharing your moments on social media, your battery is going to disappear fast. Bring along a power bank so you can charge on the go and don’t forget your adaptor plugs. Take a look online for great deals on all your travel needs and electronics.
For the nature lover
Canada is home to over 50% of the world’s lakes which means it definitely holds top place on the list of natural beauties. Pristine water isn’t it’s the only drawcard either; with mountains, hikes and bicycle track across the country. The scenery is awe-inspiring in Winter or Summer so you can’t go wrong with a trip to Canada’s woods any time of year.
“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” Helen Keller
For the food lover
Ready for lunch as soon as you hit the desk? Try theming your next break around scrumptious food. There’s no better place to go food hopping than Europe. With diverse cultures and cuisines just hours apart you can taste your way through Italy, Spain, and Greece – and that’s only the Southern corners! It may take you the full 4-weeks of leave but it’ll be worth it.
For the city slickers
Let me guess, you’ve never liked to travel because you prefer the hustle and bustle of big city life. It just won’t feel the same when you’re not making your way to work with a purpose in a crowd. Sound familiar? Then New York is your new go-to. Even the holidayers feel the busy rush of city life when visiting here. It’s gorgeous at any time of year but Christmas in New York is a true bucket list item. It starts early too. You can get a feel for the holidays through November up until the main event.
“Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.” Jack Kerouac
For the photographer
From ancient monuments to cultural icons; you’ll never be without the perfect shot when you’re in South America. Swim beneath hidden waterfalls, climb Machu Picchu, discover Christ the Redeemer in Rio or walk the colorful house lined streets of Argentina. You could fill a whole photo album with the vast array of experiences to be had. Maybe you should?
It feels like time to check in with HR to see when you can book your next trip.