Will you be able to travel more this year? Here’s how things look for employees who want to balance work with vacation.

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As another year is approaching, people across the world have started fulfilling their New Year’s resolutions. Here’s a surprising solution, one reported by AmEx AXP,
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Trendex Travel Trends Poll conducted in October 2021: 52% of respondents wish to take more vacation time in 2022 than in 2021.

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But for those who want to go far, is there a possibility of travel? As more companies return to the office and flexibility diminishes, we’re left wondering how feasible it will be for people to make New Year’s resolutions that involve travel.

Let’s take a look at what’s likely to travel more, how employees can balance their work and vacations, and whether being online on the road is worth it.

Will people travel more often?
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While it’s true that more people are going back to the office, it looks like remote work is here to stay. According to a September 2021 Gallup poll, 45% of full-time US employees worked from home at least some of the time that month, a rate similar to two months ago. A large proportion of employees who work remotely to some degree want to maintain the system, with 3 in 10 saying that if their employer is ordered a full return to the office, they will go elsewhere. You can look for employment.

Increased flexibility with work makes it easier to travel – and the easing of border restrictions paves the way for working longer distances. As vaccination rates increase and COVID-19 test Finding it easier to find, is also increasing the ability for remote workers to hit the road at home and abroad.

See: ‘I’ve been a traveler for as long as I can remember’ – How to be flexible when traveling during COVID-19

Of course, not everyone can participate in this flexibility. Those whose careers depend on personal interactions, such as health care workers, have little capacity to maintain a remote or hybrid work environment. In these cases, earning and using vacation time will be the key to getting out more often.

Not to mention, international travel restrictions could be quickly reinstated in response to the coronavirus variant, making working remotely from abroad still a roll of the dice.

balancing work and vacation

If your job allows you to work remotely, now may be the time to squeeze in some extra travel. However, learning balance your vacation Your job isn’t always easy, and spending too much time on vacation can put you in hot water at work.

Instead, consider making your work time as productive as possible while traveling. That means keeping your laptop on travel days, where airport lounges and in-flight internet may allow you to work. Many different credit cards come with complimentary airport lounge access.

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You can prepare your computer even when the Internet is down: Download your documents for offline access and prepare any pages you need on your browser in advance.

Sitting in a roadside cafe with your laptop may sound idyllic, but consider the crowds, noise levels, and other distractions while you work. may be a more suitable option “Work From Anywhere” Package Offered by various hotel chains. From one day pass to several months stay, brands like Hyatt H,
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and Marriott March,
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Offer these special packages for those looking for a quieter work experience.

Joining a coworking space can also be a good idea. Organizations like WeWork WE,
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And Regus offers access to thousands of business locations around the world through subscription plans. Prices vary, but you can expect strong, stable Wi-Fi and spread out space.

Lastly, unplug during your vacation days. Working remotely can offer thrilling new ways to explore life, but it can also mean bringing your work home with you. And although you might think that this makes you an ideal employee, it doesn’t.

A 2016 Baylor University study found that mentally failing the clock leads to more burnout and less commitment to work. So when it’s time to turn off the computer, do it and don’t look back.

If you want to travel more

Is your New Year’s resolution to take more vacations in 2022? If your job allows it, take advantage of remote work and the increased flexibility to spend more time away from home. Maximize your remote working days by logging into airport lounges, exclusive hotel rooms or even your flight.

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If your job requires in-person interaction, you’ll have less flexibility to travel, but make sure you take your vacation days. You’ve earned them, after all.

One last thing to note, no matter what your job: Unplug during your time off. Doing so makes you a better employee and reduces burnout. And whose employer would be bothered by this?

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Carissa Rawson writes for NerdWallet. Email: [email protected]

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