Going on holiday is seen as an indulgence in our modern, consumer culture. It is something that people do to escape the stresses and strains of their work and, quite frankly, put their feet up.
But while lounging around beside the pool can be a great experience, some of us have this gnawing feeling that we’re wasting time. We have all this energy, and yet we’re failing to put it to good use.
Nothing is stopping you, though, from doing something worthwhile on your holiday, besides relaxing. You don’t want to just carry on doing your regular job – that’s no fun. But you might want to find a productive way to spend the time, especially if you’re going away for a couple of weeks.
So what are your options?
Raise Money For Charity
Going on holiday doesn’t necessarily have to be about number one exclusively. Instead, you can use it as an opportunity to help other people who are less fortunate than you.
But how do you raise money while taking a break? If you’re an active person, a charity bike ride from Lands End to John O’Groats could be an idea. Or you might want to hike from one side of the Alps to the other – the choice is yours.
Just make sure that whatever you choose sounds epic. Remember, you want to encourage people to support you and throw money at you. Then, you can take the cash to the charity of your choice and make a massive difference in people’s lives.
Teach English Overseas
The world is calling out for English teachers – native speakers who can transfer their knowledge to local students around the world. Demand is particularly high in India, the Far East and some parts of South America that want to integrate with the West. Governments need citizens to be able to communicate in English so that they can build international businesses and make their countries stronger.
From your perspective, this is a massive opportunity. Often, foreign educational institutions will pay you a high rate. Plus, you can choose to teach part-time, spending the rest of your week sightseeing or doing whatever else it is that you like to do on vacay.
Teach Yourself A New Skill
Two weeks off work is a long time for most people. Usually, it is something that happens just once a year. The rest of the time, you’re knee-deep in emails.
Those two weeks are priceless. They’re the one chance that you get to dedicate yourself to something that isn’t your job. Spend the time learning a new instrument, getting your head around a foreign language, or learning how to ride a bike. It’ll help enrich your life tremendously in the future.
Get Involved In Volunteer Work
Communities all over the world are calling out for people with your skills. They need experienced professionals to help with everything, from figuring out their accounts to building toilet blocks. If you’re travelling to a region in need, then you could hook up with a non-profit and work with them to deliver a critical project.