Burnout is a very real problem for many young professionals and with many of us working increasingly long hours it’s hardly surprising that people are starting to realise that leisure time is not just a luxury.
Times are tough, but although the global economy has still not yet risen from the ashes of recession, many see the benefits of time away from work, and want to make the most of their holiday-entitlement even whilst tightening the purse strings.
A holiday needn’t break the bank, and with many low-cost airlines competing for your business with offers on cheap fight tickets, it’s a great time to recharge those batteries on a mini-break.
Short breaks are the answer to many of our holiday dilemmas and for time conscious young professionals and families, a short break away from it all may be just what’s needed before getting back to the business of ‘real life’.
Time spent with loved ones and family is time well spent, and a week off at home, if you factor in going out for dinner, buying a coffee or snack, enjoying a movie or visiting attractions like the zoo or amusement parks, can work out almost as pricey as going away.
With affordable flights leaving daily to destinations across Europe a short holiday is not only easy to organise, it’s also the perfect way of taking a break without eating into all your yearly holiday entitlement in one go.
Families with young children may want to consider a close sunshine destination, such as the Algarve, for a short break. Although ideal for a week or fortnight away, many people see Portugal as perfect mini-break material too.
Cheap flights to Faro are relatively inexpensive and with an average flight time of less than 3 hours in duration from UK shores, a short break of two to four days is more than achievable. Faro airport is the gateway to the Algarve and once there you’ll find family-friendly resorts, great beaches and a range of accommodation options to suit every budget.
Alternatively couples may prefer to stay in Faro itself, a great city filled with unrivalled dining and sightseeing opportunities, or opt for a different destination all together. London, for example, is a popular weekend break haunt, not just for visitors from the UK and the Republic of Ireland, but with travellers from across Europe also.
Still buzzing from the Queens Diamond Jubilee celebrations and gearing up to the Olympics there’s never been a more exciting time to visit the UK’s famous capital city.
With many hotels and restaurants offering substantial price reductions, 2 for 1 offers and incentives, a holiday to London needn’t cost the earth either. Plus with so many beautiful parks and gardens you can always pop to the supermarket and enjoy picnic lunches during your stay; the perfect way to save money.
There are various sights to check out such as the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace and St. Paul’s Cathedral, plus a wealth of art galleries and museums – many of which are free to enter or which stipulate a small discretionary contribution.
With cheap flights to London leaving from all major UK airports, and Europe daily, booking and travelling has never been simpler and a ten minute internet search will uncover a world of affordable flights and travel opportunities.
Money is important, and whilst it’s always wise to save our reserves when times are tough, it’s also important to relax, refuel and look after our personal well-being, so next time you think about putting off your holiday, think again; getting away might just be a worthwhile investment.