Recent studies show that I probably should’ve title this, “Everyone has to read this!!” Now, I don’t know what you do for a living, however I can safely assume you need a break. A recent study found that 55% of Americans didn’t use ANY vacation days in 2016. So this year, I’m taking a proactive approach and making sure that all my loved ones take the proper steps toward fighting for our time off. I hereby challenging you to take a break. Maybe even a Spring Break?!
For the month of March, I want to challenge you (yes — busy, overworked, financially stretched you) to figure out how many vacation days you have, figure out where to go, and plan a trip you can actually afford. Now, this doesn’t mean you have to plan some exotic getaway like I do. It could even be a simple staycation playing tourist in your own city with friends, planning the bucket-list adventure of a lifetime, or spending a peaceful weekday morning alone at home. We can all find ways to #TakeABreak.
Day 2: Let yourself dream a little. Your challenge today is to daydream about your ideal vacation. Spend 10 minutes creating your own vacation inspiration board. And if you’re looking for another good resource, google the top 50 cities to see in your lifetime.
Day 3: The numbers don’t lie. A recent Oxford Economics study found that 55% of Americans took ZERO vacation days in the past year. Your challenge today is to tell us your biggest barrier to taking a break, so we can help you plan accordingly. Take our poll here.
Day 4: You have options. Your challenge today is to enjoy the weekend! This is the first weekend of the month, so set 4-hours aside to relax and take time out for yourself.
Day 5: Vacation physically boosts your body. Your challenge today is to learn about the ways travel boosts our health.
Day 6: The Cost Factor. A recent HuffPost/YouGov poll found that money was the biggest reason we don’t take vacations. Your challenge today is to shop though the collection of DreamTrips our travel club offers. It’s easier than you think.
Day 7: Out of the office. Your challenge today is to draft an out of office email. You can save it for future use… hopefully not too far in the future.
Day 8: Hello, break. Your challenge today is start planning. Whether you decide to join our club to take advantage of the obligation free offers, or you have another destination in mind, the happiest part of your vacation starts now.
Day 9: Boosting your productivity. Your challenge today is write down three things you’ve been meaning to accomplish. It may seem counterintuitive, but research shows that taking time off can actually make you more productive.
Day 10: Practice makes perfect. It’s Friday!! Your challenge today is to take an immersive 10-minute break at work, because you don’t need an unlimited vacation policy in order to escape.
Day 11: Closer than you think. Your challenge today is to make plans for a weekend trip in your state.
Day 12: Picture yourself on a break. Your challenge today is to take a moment for yourself, and post a photo of your mini-vacation with the hashtag #KaduTravel.
Day 13: Get inspired. Your challenge today is to download some mood-boosting songs that sing to your adventurous spirit. Or start a new Spotify/Pandora station.
Day 14: Cost analysis. Your challenge today is to fill out this simple worksheet and start saving for a trip, even if it’s just a staycation.
Day 15: Follow along. Your challenge today is to start following some of the best websites for cheap flight deals.
Day 16: Q&A. Your challenge today is to compare flights on your top website to ours. Unlike any other website, we offer RateShrinker and our 150% Price Pledge.
Day 17: Planners prosper. Your challenge today is to plan a date for your next break, because that’s what successful vacation-takers do.
Day 18: Take a virtual vacation. Your challenge today is to set up a time to video chat with a friend from a faraway place. Get a feeling for what someone else’s world is like.
Day 19: Who are you? Your challenge today is to find out what type of traveler you are, and have a friend do the same to see if you match.
Day 20: Out to eat. Your challenge today is to make a dinner date with yourself for this week, and savor the taste of adventure. You may even discover how foreign your very own world is.
Day 21: Think on it. Your challenge today is to pinpoint a life-changing lesson you learned on a trip. Maybe you’ll uncover how that trip helped you uncover problem solving strategies you now use.
Day 22: It’s getting real. Your challenge today is to choose a destination for your next break. Training day is over. You have plenty of time to plan for Memorial Day Weekend.
Day 23: Me time. Your challenge today is to learn what it means to take a mental health day.
Day 24: Good credit. Your challenge today is to learn about the best credit card for travelers, so you can save up some points to use on your next flight. Personally, I like Discover’s cash back.
Day 25: Take off to turn on. Your challenge today is to learn about how taking a break resulted in Broadway’s most popular musical EVER.
Day 26: Flight time! Your challenge today is to find a great flight for your next trip.
Day 27: Plan your ask. Your challenge today is to “plan” how you’ll ask your boss for time off. Many people think vacation is taboo and uncomfortable asking for what is expected of them.
Day 28: Today’s the day! Your challenge today is to email a request for vacation time to your boss. Remember, you NEED to go on vacation. Or else you’ll burn out and they lose a great employee forever.
Day 29: Read up. Your challenge today is to get lost in one of these books/websites for people with wanderlust.
Day 30: Loose ends. Your challenge today is to give yourself a break, and nail down some details for your upcoming trip. For example, things you’ll have to buy before you go.
Day 31: That’s a wrap! Your challenge today is to remember, always, that adventure changes lives. Whether it’s on your freshly-planned vacation or during a time-out at work, we hope you’ll never hesitate to take a break.