Avoid post-holiday blues by taking four days off at a time

Stephanie Yip 14 June 2017 NEWS

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Small business owners are doing this. So why aren’t you?

Over the last 12 months, Australians have built up an overwhelming number of annual leave days. Around 111 million days to be frank, according to the latest Travel Habits Report by accounting software firm Xero.

Break that up between 23.75 million Australians and that's an average of 4.6 leave days per person that the average Aussie is holding onto.

While the average Aussie worker tends to build that up to a two-week break, one in five small business owners have found that shorter, more frequent breaks work better.

In fact, of the small business owners surveyed for the report, 71% stated frequent breaks helped to reduce the likelihood of "back to work holiday blues".

If you’re feeling as though you need a little refresh, it might come down to simply taking a page out of small business owners’ books and treating yourself to a short getaway.

With 45% of Australians admitting that they haven’t used any of their annual leave for 2017 yet, it’s likely you’ve got something akin to 4.6 days in the annual leave bank. This is more than enough for some “me” time away from your desk.

Tack it onto the next public holiday and you could make a whole week’s holiday out of it.

If three to four days is all you can spare, you could fill your days with:

    • A short domestic break: Cheap flights across our nation are plentiful thanks to budget airlines such as Tigerair and Jetstar. Even a city break can be all you need to cure those holiday blues.
    • A road trip: Pack the car, or hire one, for a few days and drive away to a quiet coastal region or a neighbouring major city.
    • A three-day cruise: Many major cruise lines offer short, taster cruises perfect for short trips. For example, Princess Cruises offers 1-5 day cruises from Aussie city to Aussie city.
    • A quick overseas trip: If an international break is what you’re craving, there are plenty of overseas destinations you can jet set to and back comfortably over four to five days including New Zealand, Fiji, Vanuatu and Bali, depending on your departure location.

According to Xero’s research, one of the most preferred times small business owners take their breaks is mid-year in July and August. With end of financial year travel deals in full swing at the moment, they come at an opportune time for anyone seeking to use up some of their annual leave.

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