TAKE A DAY OFF. Seriously. Start with a Friday.
American workers left a total of 662 million vacation days on the table last year. Why do all these paid vacation days go unused? Americans have become “work Martyrs,” choosing to see vacation as a dirty word rather than a healthy (and well-earned) part of a successful career.
WISE UP: Unused vacation days cost the U.S. economy $236 billion last year, which could have supported 1.8 million American jobs. Don’t take this the wrong way, but sitting at your desk every day is killing jobs and giving people the sads.
ASK OFF! Fact: Your boss actually wants you to take a vacation, because you’re a better employee when you do. Stop making excuses, put your big kid pants on, and loudly demand politely request a day off. You’ll both be glad you did.
MAKE PLANS: Not everyone can fly to Coachella, so if you’re looking to save money, hit one of Virginia’s many music festivals. From bluegrass to hiphop, folk to funk, there’s always an opportunity to two-step, strut and dab. Flower crown not included.
CHILL OUT. If you thought planning a getaway was fun, just wait until you’re on it. The sun, the crowds, the sick bass line that just dropped, and that bendy dance move you’ve been practicing that’s about to sweep the nation in 3…2…1.
Don’t leave your vacation days on the table when you could be paddle boarding or kayaking on the Pagan River from the launch at Windsor Castle Park, shopping at Vintage Potential and other great shops along Smithfield’s Historic Main Street, dinner at Smithfield Station, a great cuppa at Cure Coffeehouse, or enjoying the microbrews, tasty food and live music at Wharf Hill Brewing Company. Rock your PTO with a day off in Smithfield & Isle of Wight County and #CrushFridayVA!