The #1 Reason People Don’t Unplug on Vacation

Jul 29, 2018

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Whether we want to admit it or not, we’ve all fallen victim to it at one point or another.

No, we’re not talking about paying more in miles than what the value of a flight is worth — we mean taking advantage of your well-deserved vacation days. It’s one thing to not use them at all, but it’s another to use them and be so preoccupied about checking email and Slack messages that you can’t even enjoy yourself. (Guilty as charged — but I guess that’s what happens when you work in media, right?).

If this sounds like you, you’re not alone. A recent study from LinkedIn found that nearly 70% of people don’t disconnect from work while they’re away. What’s more, 56% of them said it’s because they don’t want to fall behind. Above all else, this is the reason people are so attached to their phones while taking time off.

Millennials in particular said they have “vacation request anxiety,” with 16% of them saying they’re too nervous to ask for time off.

So if you’re on the fence about asking for vacation — or if you’re on one now — make sure to put your phone down and enjoy yourself once you do get there. The best part? You’re already in the right place to start planning your next trip.

Feature image by @WR36 via Twenty20.

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