By Rupa Datta of Portfolio People
I hereby challenge myself to this.... in 2013 my goal was to be abroad six weeks in the year. It is something that a Portfolio Person can and should be able to achieve and enjoy - if you are not employed but contracted, no-one gets to tell you how much holiday you can take and when you should work.
The first three were pretty easy - a week in the Norwegian Fjords, two weeks in Florida, ten days in Hong Kong, ten days in Shanghai. Wow! Who knew? I achieved it. Not all of these trips were what people typically think of as a 'holiday'. But, do they have to be? The goal was to get refreshed, recharged and to have time for self-development.
Where am I going with this? The goal this year was to be away for seven weeks. The first couple were pretty much booked but towards the end of 2013, So far, at the time of writing it was August 2014. I managed a couple of days in Glasgow, yes, I know it's not abroad, though it may well have soon become (Scottish Referendum). I also took three weeks to travel around the Pacific Northwest.
The four remaining weeks were still to come with a number of options presenting themselves.
The reality is, this is all about creating the opportunity to be away and the chance to be productive and creative so I am opening the door to extended breaks in the British Isles. The trick is reflective time, a digital detox and hopefully learning something.
What do you challenge yourself to? I'll be posting my experience goals for 2015 and the outcomes of 2014's challenges shortly.