Friday Favorites: What We're Reading - July 24

This is our first post in the Friday Favorites series; a weekly review of trending topics concerning vacation and taking time off.

Visit Florida hosted their monthly #FLTravelChat earlier this week focusing on all the hidden gems you uncover while road tripping across Florida. My already long bucket list includes the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, and the orange groves on the Mixon Fruit Farm in Bradenton. If you’re looking for more road trip ideas across the country, check out Yahoo Travel’s well-rounded list of the 10 Best Secret US Road Trips, which include the South Carolina BBQ Trail, and Alaska’s breath-taking Dalton Highway.

We aren’t the only ones who are paying attention to the toll work takes on families. Just because you’re using vacation days doesn’t mean you are on vacation. The Wall Street Journal emphasizes how important it is to turn off your phone and share experiences with the people you’re with. also echoes this mentality in their article Five Extremely Good Reasons To Stop Checking In With Work While On Vacation. Author Minda Zetlin emphasizes how we need to change our perspective about vacation. “Time you spend with the people in your life on vacation” turns into “an investment in being more focused and effective at work later on,” which becomes a win-win situation for everyone. 

While New York Times author Choire Sicha seems doubtful of the true benefits of Summer Fridays, not all businesses are dismissing the idea of using Fridays as a time to relax and recharge. highlights offices like Bombas, a sock company, which allows “flexible hours” for employees to hone in on their most productive hours, ultimately building trust and increasing productivity. 

It’s no secret that millennials are the most tech-savvy generation yet, so it makes sense that they have the hardest time unplugging from the office. TIME Magazine  encourages millennials to cut the cord; “taking a true break from work is essential for the mind, soul and body.” Business Insider  highlights the kinds of guilt millennials feel, both for taking time out of the office and for looking at emails while they are away. Americans need to change their mindset about vacation in order to reap all the potential benefits time off has to offer. I know one millennial that gave it a break this week and now I can't wait to get to The City By the Bay.

Now if this video doesn't inspire you to get outside and enjoy your weekend (or go on a last minute summer adventure), I don't know what will.


July 23, 2015