Holiday is the mythical time of the year when you're supposed to relax, recharge your batteries and spend quality time with your family. Mostly it is about trying to cram all the things you wanted to do in a few short days, resulting in even more stress and problems. And when you come back to work, you need at least a week off, just to rest.

Janne: Does the length of the holiday matter? I find it difficult to adjust myself to a free week. Long weekends are usually exhausting and you definitely need rest after them; and long vacations (2+ weeks) are very relaxing, but a week long holiday? It takes me longer than that to forget about work and relax.

Anyone have a good idea what to do on a week-long holiday so that it wouldn't be so damn short?

Asser: What I have noticed is that I am much more lively during short weeks than during weeks with either <1 or >4 working days. Long holidays make me feel lazy and long weeks (meaning a week with 5 or more working days) make me tired. Moreover, undone things do not have such tendency to cumulate during short weeks, which effectively reduces the amount of mental stress, I reckon.

This is how I would spend a 1 week holiday:
5d free days + 20 working days = 5 weeks so that I would work on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays only.

ebu: One week is too short. For me, it's used mainly for catching up with the things I didn't manage to do during the preceding weeks of non-25-hour days. A one week holiday is manageable if someone makes plans for the first five days, and the remaining 2 are reserved for recuperation.

One month is more like it. Much more causes severe net withdrawal symptoms. Of course, multi-month holidays with semi-regular connectivity have long been a dream of mine. Perhaps, with a suitable satellite rig, one could enjoy holidays for several months.

The theoretical ideal balance of holiday vs. work is 6 months and 6 months.

By the way. holiday in this context means activities one would not have the energy for during normal working days. Loafing on a beach doesn't count. Pointless physical exertion, random journeying from point A to point B, extreme environments and hectic experiences do. (This, of course, is why you need the recuperation period.)

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