It took me a while to figure this one out.
An often-unmentioned downfall of being your own boss is that you don’t have one to tell you to take time off. Somewhere along the way, it slipped my mind that occasional breaks are … okay.
Plenty of travel bloggers embark on this career to increase discretionary time and mobility, then find themselves working longer hours than they did previously in their day jobs. I’m one of those people.
As I lay in bed one night thinking about how to both produce a quality product and navigate the week ahead, it dawned on me with sudden clarity that if I were my employer, I would tell me to focus on quality time with family I too rarely see, and enjoy a week off for the holidays.
Which is exactly what I’m doing, and why I’ve decided to be bold at the same time, and ask you for what I really really want most this Christmas. I wish that for this week, the information flows from you to me, rather than vice versa.
No, I haven’t been dipping into the spiked eggnog (yet). I most definitely realize that you’re equally busy this time of year, but I promise this won’t take you but a minute:
1) If you haven’t done so recently, please comment below or drop us a note about where you might be travelling in the year ahead, or what you’d like to see more or less of on this site.
2) Most of you aren’t big fans of commenting. I get it. (I had to train myself over time to leave comments.) If you prefer more structure, we’ve put together a very short (10 questions), anonymous survey. You’ll find it imbedded at the bottom of this page, or you can click here.
3) We started this blog because we think candid, word-of-mouth travel tips are priceless. It’s no secret that most of you feel the same, and have accrued loads of your own tips. That’s why we’d like to include a post each quarter that compiles what we’ve learned from the community. Tell us about something you especially liked or didn’t like during your travels or leave a word of advice in the comments, via Twitter, on our Facebook page, or by email, and we’ll be sure to include it. If you wish to remain anonymous, be sure to let us know.
Opening ourselves to this opportunity to listen rather than speak will help us stay in touch with what you want most, so please do participate in one of the ways mentioned above.
As people around the world celebrate festivals of light in many forms, I hope these last weeks of your year are bright and merry. May each of you enjoy health and happiness this holiday season.
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