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August 01, 2006

Vacations = Work

Stephen Baker

David Weinberger lists the troubles of vacationing. I've recently been noticing that vacations resemble work to such a degree that unless you really work on how you think, they're virtually indistinguishable. They both involve lots of chores, things you have to get done, many of which involve waiting in lines.

Work has a key psychological advantage. While you're ready for a grind, there are lots of vacation-like moments. Lunch can be a short vacation. So can certain commutes. Vacations, by contrast, can have lots of moments that feel like work.

It's 97 degrees outside. If I were vacationing, I'd have to come up with some plan for having fun. Talk about a chore.

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That's because Americans feel obligated to do something on their vacations. Just lying around by a pool or on a beach reading a book isn't good enough. We have to have adventure or do some good.

Me? I prefer to turn off my brain. No computers, no phones, little TV. A good brain-candy book, some beer, a nice person to bring it to me, a pool when it is too hot, maybe some nice, leisurely hiking - that is all I need.

Posted by: Diane Ensey at August 1, 2006 05:04 PM

I am not totally agreet with your idea because vocation can be a rest and it's depend on different person.Some person go to the vocation still have rest.They will listen to the music ,sleep in the hotel or the seashore,eating or do whenever they want and they feel happy and relax.so I think different personality will have different descision.

Posted by: Jen at November 2, 2006 04:22 PM


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