Work at home? OK! Vacation at home? Oh, No!
You probably don't have all the vacation time you would like, but you definitely look forward to the number of days you have.
It's an accomplishment, really. Getting your managers to let you take time off takes a lot of hard work. It also requires engaging in some tense negotiations with your implacable workplace enemy, the HR department, but you did it, and now your biggest vacation problem is deciding where to go. Will it be a jet-setting stay in Singapore or a beachy bacchanal in Bermuda? Will you go crunchy with a hike in the high country or revert to your basic slug nature and immerse yourself in the hot pool of a cushy spa?
Well, it doesn't really matter now, does it?
Because you ain't going nowhere.
Though the health nightmare with which we are struggling is terrible in almost every way, you have to admit it was good news when management mandated that you work from home. But what about your vacation? If you have to work at home, do you have to vacation at home as well?
Even if you had, in the past, experienced the meager thrills of a "staycation," this is a different kettle of fish. You chose to have a stay-cay. This time around, you're forced to.
Fortunately, we have Natalie B. Compton, the writer of "The Completely Correct Guide to Vacationing at Home" in The Washington Post.
It is Compton's opinion that the best way to vacation at home is to recreate the atmosphere of a hotel in your home. Toward this end, she "interviewed hotel-industry insiders" to delineate what is required to create that intoxicating ambience of hotel living.
I'm no insider, but if she had asked me, I would have suggested that all you have to do is start charging yourself $20 a night for your Wi-Fi. Alas, I wasn't asked, but I can provide two insider tips. You can check in right here: