There is a reason teachers would rather go to work sick, or skip all professional development. It’s because it is more work than it is worth. Planning takes time and effort and more times than not there is more work to do when you get back. It is just easier to be there than to not be there.
Now that I am not in the classroom, I think I have found the regular working stiff equivalent.
I now understand why Americans would rather work and accrue vacation days rather than actually go on vacation.
Why is using vacation and taking a vacation so much work?
Steps to taking a vacation:
- Plan when to go on vacation MONTHS (if not years) in advance.
- Save your butt off for vacation (or rack up CC bills while on vacation so you can work your butt off when you return).
- Ask for time off and cross your fingers someone didn’t beat you to the dates.
- Plan where to go or what to do…this couldn’t probably be 10 mores steps by itself but for demonstration purposes, I’ll keep it at one.
- Arrange for pet-sitter/house-sitter/rides to or from airport.
- Shop for vacation.
- Pack for vacation.
- Load up the car.
- Worry about forgetting something while you drive away.
- Unload the car.
- Hustle off to destination.
- Unpack when you get to destination.
- Do stuff. See stuff. Eat stuff. Drink stuff. Repeat.
- Pack to go home.
- Load the car.
- Worry about forgetting something at the place you just left.
- Get back home.
- Do laundry from vacation (and perhaps a house-sitter).
- Catch up on mail.
- Catch up on yard work.
Return to work exhausted.
Is vacation really worth the trouble?
Anyone else ever feel like this? Ever needed a vacation from your vacation?