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Updated August 7, 2023

We all need time away from work to unwind and relax. There’s no better feeling than closing up your computer on Friday afternoon after a long week. The weekend has arrived, and you’ve got a few days off to do whatever you want. Time to get out of the house and explore your city.

It’s exciting to find a new restaurant you like, a new park with a great view, or a hidden gem within your city. What’s even better, though, is traveling to a new city where every restaurant, park, or public space is waiting to be discovered.

Traveling to new destinations can be fun, relaxing, and inspiring, and sometimes stressful, but don’t let that stop you. Everyone should travel because it opens you up to new experiences and challenges you to get out of your comfort zone. You’ll need to plan ahead, make decisions on the fly, stay organized, and get to places on time in order to make your connections. Not all of these skills translate well to your professional career, but they give you good experience and help build confidence that you can solve problems on your own.

Traveling for an extended period of time helps to clear your mind so you can come back to the office feeling refreshed and ready to jump back into your work. It helps break up the monotony of your job when the weeks start to blur together. An upcoming trip will give you something to look forward to, and you’ll have memories and stories to share when you get back and are ready to jump back into work.

If possible, try to travel internationally, even if it’s just to a neighboring country. It’ll open up your world to new and exciting perspectives. If you’ve never traveled abroad before, it can be intimidating, but afterwards, you’ll be glad you did. You’ll experience new cultures and societies and see how they solve daily problems similar to ones you experience at home. You’ll learn about their history and experience their art and architecture.

Don’t be intimidated if there’s a language barrier; it’ll force you to get creative with how you communicate as you try to convey your thoughts. Sometimes, it can be surprisingly easy to understand the gist of a conversation, even if it’s between two people that don’t speak the same language. Using hand gestures and simple words and phrases can get you most of the way there. These new skills will help you throughout your career and give you a better sense of empathy when communicating with other people.

It’s a very humbling experience when you return home from traveling abroad. You come back with new perspectives on the world and a new respect for different cultures. You’ll have more appreciation for the things you have and a better understanding of things you might be taking for granted. Traveling can be rewarding and one of the best things you can do to grow as a person. You’ll learn things that you can use both in your career and in your personal life, and you’ll come back with some great stories to tell.

Wrapping Up

It’s entirely up to you to create the work-life balance that’s best for you. No one else can help you do that, so you’ll need to figure out what kind of balance you really want. If your current employer’s values and policies don’t align with the work-life balance that you’re looking for, it may be time for you to look for one whose does.

If there’s one piece of advice you take away from this section, you should always remember that you are a programmer by trade, but that should not define who you are. It’s not healthy to spend all of your time in front of a computer screen typing into a text editor. That’s not the way we were meant to spend our lives, so get out of the house and away from the keyboard as much as you can.

You won’t regret it one bit when you’re older and look back at the memories you made along the way. There’s more to life than just work, so have fun and make it a life worth living.

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