Why your next vacation should start on a Monday

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Navigating breaks as an entrepreneur can feel like a project of its own. Here are great times to take a break and reset your brain.

Taking a vacation as an entrepreneur can be tricky. It never feels right to break away from your own company to reflect and relax.

After a decade of running a company and navigating the guilt that surfaces when taking a break, I have discovered a handful of times when it feels good to break away.

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Comfortable walking shoes

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Checking a bag

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Health insurance

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Accommodations in a central and convenient location

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A data plan

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Vaccinations

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GPS system/smartphone GPS or map app

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Nonstop flights

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One must-do, dream experience 

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Durable luggage

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Local, handcrafted souvenirs

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Right After a National Holiday

Right after a national holiday, most everyone is playing catch up with their own work. They are also emotionally adjusting to getting back into the grind and have more flexibility with how things unfold.

I like to spend the holiday catching up on administrative tasks and organizational matters I don't usually have time for during the week. Then take a trip away the business day following the holiday. For example, the day after Memorial Day, Fourth of July or New Year's Day. The one or two days of break feels longer when it's not on the weekend.

Mondays and Tuesdays

If I am going to break away for a short trip, I like to to have the trip start on a Monday. Again, it's the day that most people are catching up and organizing their work for the week. Coming back to work on Wednesday, allows me to stay on top of the week without missing a beat.

It feels really good to break away when everyone around you is working. It also works really well if you spend the Sunday before you leave getting organized for when you get back from your trip, so you can fall right back into work with no downtime.

When You are Needed the Least

There will be pockets of time when you might not be needed. Maybe it's one day or half a day or perhaps even a few hours. This is a great time to break away, shut off your mobile phone and connect to anything outside of work.

These small breaks can make all the difference in your ability to focus and avoid burn out. Take them when you can.

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Wi-Fi
Wireless internet is often a necessity in order to keep in contact with your loved ones. Before you make the decision to purchase it at an airport, however, check to see if there is a local Starbucks or coffee shop where Wi-Fi will more than likely be free to use. 
Souvenirs 
If you're looking for a last-minute gift then purchasing a souvenir from a shop inside the airport may be necessary. If you are able to stop beforehand, you may want to avoid buying a gift from the airport. Oftentimes, airports will increase the price of souvenirs that can probably be found somewhere else for a more reasonable price. 
Bottled Water 
You may not realize it, but on average, bottled waters inside airports are about three dollars. You can avoid this trap, however, by purchasing a reusable water bottle or even emptying your water bottle before you go through the security checkpoint and refilling at a fountain once you get inside. 
Neck Pillow
This is a common item that can be purchased online. If you aren't able to, however, buy one before you get to the airport to avoid paying double the market price for one. 
Snacks 
Much like many of the other items on this list, snacks are extremely overpriced in airports. The best deal is to buy snacks in bulk and bring a few with you to last throughout your flight.
Books
Reading a book is a perfect way to pass time while waiting for your flight -- but if you purchase a book at the airport, don't be surprised if it happens to be 40 to 50 percent higher than what it would be in a bookstore. 

Foreign Currency 
As convenient as it may be, you should try to avoid exchanging your money at an airport. Many times, airport transactions fees are much higher than if you were to pull money from the ATM at your destination. 

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Right Before A Project Kick Off

As your business grows you will have projects, new systems, perhaps a new software platform implementation or shipment of inventory. Whatever it may be, there's no better time to break away than right before your project kicks off.

Even if it is a one day trip, giving your brain rest before the start of a project will allow your performance to surprise you.

One important closing note on traveling as an entrepreneur: make sure you turn off your phone and leave your laptop at home. Go somewhere with no wifi or cell phone reception. Really truly disconnect. You will not regret it.

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