Switching Off for Vacation

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A recent study I spotted in the Daily Mail reveals exactly when the average Brit is switching off for vacation when traveling abroad on a week-ong holiday.


It turns out that day 3 at 7 :30 pm is the average time that one relaxes fully into vacation mode.

That, to me, is further justification that I’ve been doing the right thing leaving for my cruise holidays a couple of days early.  For my last cruise that departed on a Saturday afternoon, I caught my Lufthansa First flight on Wednesday afternoon.  Then again, could anyone still be in work mode when enjoying that kind of in-flight service?  Even as I worked from the First Class Terminal, I was already in relaxation mode.  Still, I was fully decompressed by the time I boarded the ship – so much so, that I’m repeating the three day early departure for my next vacation in November.

Also, 5% of those surveyed cry on the last day of vacation at the thought of returning.  Me?  I cry 100% of the time!

When do you find yourself switching off for vacation?  Is three days too much time or just right?


About Jennifer Moody

Jennifer is a management consultant and avid volunteer. Her career and volunteer duty travels have helped her log top-tier airline and hotel status annually for the last nineteen years. In addition, she embraces the opportunity to maximize her vacation time by planning extracurricular trips that have taken her to over 60 countries and 48.5 US states. Once an "every week" road warrior, she now only travels around 100 days a year. She resides in her native Fort Worth, Texas where she enjoys cooking, gardening, sewing, needlepoint, wine, and playing with her Border Collie/Great Pyreness mix puppy Harley Quinn.

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