ONEAnother Year’s Greetings, people all over the world have started making New Year’s resolutions. Here is a surprising solution reported by an AmEx Trendex survey on travel trends conducted in October 2021: 52% of respondents would like to take more vacation in 2022 than in 2021.
But for those who want to get away, is a trip likely? As businesses return to the offices and flexibility dwindles, we wonder how it will be possible for people to fulfill New Year’s resolutions that involve travel.
Let’s take a look at the likelihood of more travel being taken, how employees can balance work and vacation, and whether it’s worth staying online while on the go.
Will people travel more often?
While it is true that more and more people are returning to the office, it looks like remote work will stay here. According to a Gallup poll from September 2021, 45% of US full-time employees worked from home at least part of the time this month, a rate similar to the previous two months. An overwhelming majority of workers who, to some extent, work remotely would like to keep this system. 3 in 10 say they are very likely to move to another job if their employer requires a full return to the office.
Increased flexibility at work makes traveling easier – and relaxed border restrictions pave the way for remote work. As vaccination rates rise and COVID-19 tests become easier to find, the opportunity for teleworkers to travel around the world is growing too.
Of course, not everyone can benefit from this flexibility. Those whose careers relied on face-to-face interactions, such as healthcare workers, have far fewer opportunities to maintain a remote or hybrid work environment. In these cases, earning and taking vacation is key to getting out more often.
Not to mention, international travel restrictions can be quickly reintroduced in response to coronavirus variants, so working remotely from abroad still matters.
Balance between work and vacation
If your job allows you to work remotely, now may be the time to plan for additional travel. Learning to combine your vacation with your job is not always easy, however, and spending too much time on vacation can plunge you into hot water at work.
Instead, consider optimizing your work hours to be as productive as possible while traveling. This means that you have to lug your laptop with you on travel days when you can work with internet in airport lounges and on board. Several different credit cards offer free access to the airport lounge.
You can also prepare your computer in case the internet is not good: download your documents for offline access and go to all the pages you need in your browser beforehand.
Sitting in a sidewalk cafe with your laptop may sound idyllic, but think about crowds, noise levels, and other distractions as you work. A more suitable option may be the âwork from anywhereâ packages offered by various hotel chains. From a day pass to stays of several months, brands like Hyatt and Marriott offer these special packages for those looking for a quieter work experience.
Joining a coworking space can also be a good idea. Organizations like WeWork and Regus provide access to thousands of business locations around the world through membership plans. Prices vary, but you can expect strong, stable WiFi and a place to spread out.
Finally, pull out the power plug during your days off. Working remotely can be exciting new ways to explore life, but it can also mean taking your work home with you. And while you may think that this will make you a role model, it doesn’t.
A 2016 study by Baylor University found that failure to exercise mentally leads to more burnout and less engagement at work. So when it’s time to turn off your computer, do it and don’t look back.
If you want to travel more
Is your New Years resolution to take more vacation in 2022? When your work allows, take advantage of remote working and increased flexibility to spend more time from home. Maximize your remote working days by logging in from airport lounges, specialized hotel rooms, or even on board your flight.
When your job requires face-to-face interaction, you have less travel flexibility, but take your vacation days. You’ve earned it after all.
One last thing to keep in mind regardless of your job, unplug it during your free time. This makes you a better employee and reduces burnout. And whose employer is going to get upset about it?
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Carissa Rawson writes for NerdWallet. Email: [email protected]
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