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Your job search is like a full-time job. In fact, I’m sure many job seekers would argue that their job search takes up more time than a full-time job would. Related: 3 Ways To Network Over Summer Vacation That being said, a vacation is almost certainly one of the farthest things from your mind while you’re searching for a new job. For some, it’s because of financial reasons. For others, sparing even one day to recharge seems out of the question. What do you think: Should job seekers take a vacation? I’m going to argue for both sides.

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I've known about 'working vacations' for as long as I can remember. Growing up, my dad owned an engineering firm. Every time we went away, it was a working vacation. However, I realize most people don't generally take these types of vacations. When they go away, their company and co-workers don't hear from them until they get back. And they definitely don't think about, let alone, do any work while their out of the office. Related: 3 Ways To Network Over Summer Vacation Yet, this summer, I guarantee more people than ever before, even people who don't believe in working vacations, will take their first one. I've talked to dozens of folks who say the economy has forced them to cut short grand summer plans. "I'm worried how it will look to my boss," said a woman who just survived a layoff at her firm. "I don't want to risk being out of the loop," said a guy who claims since the layoffs at his firm this past spring, workers have been more secretive and trying to one-up one another to avoid the chopping block should it occur again. Thus, knowing many of you will be giving the working vacation a go this summer, I thought it might be wise to share with you the professional DOs and DON'Ts to what is known as 'phoning it in.'

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Everyone suffers from job burnout at some point in their career – no matter how much they love their job. But what can you do to get back on track? Related: Dos And Don’ts To Taking A ‘Working Vacation’ Take a vacation. Yeah, I know what you’re thinking… Courtesy of hilariousgifs.com But know this: eight out of 10 employees are stressed out due to a work-related issue. Not only that, but not dealing with this stress can increase your risk of stroke, heart problems, and depression. So, if you’re suffering from burnout, please allow yourself to take a breather – Not only do you deserve it, but you NEED it.

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If you don't have any summer travel plans because you are dealing with a low budget this year, there are options you can check out without having to spend too much money. Although you may be longing to visit somewhere exotic, there plenty of great locations you can visit within the country during the summer. If you live around the area, you could easily drive to some of these places to save some extra money. Of course, for the most part; these are also locations that can be flown to for a small amount of cash as well.

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Balancing your family and work is very important. It can be easy to fall into the same old weekend routine with your family, especially if you have a high-stress career. In 2010, the travel agency Expedia conducted a survey on vacation time. As it turns out, 35% percent of Americans who took the survey felt more productive at work after coming back from a vacation, and 45% percent felt more in touch with their personal lives. So, turn off your work phone, hide the laptop, and take a little break with the family! Check out these fun mini vacation ideas that you and your whole family can enjoy!

1. Go On A Weekend Road Trip

Take your family exploring! Find an event you think your whole family would enjoy, pack your overnight bag, and get going!

2. Go Fishing

Whether you head to the seacoast or to a local pond, fishing is a great activity for the whole family. If you choose to fish locally, though, be sure to check and see if you need a fishing license! Even if fishing isn't your thing, you can still take the day and just relax on the water. It's as simple as renting a few kayaks.

3. Take Them On A Picnic

Pack some PBJs and take your family on a little picnic at a local park. This is a great way to get a little sunshine and fresh air after being in a stuffy office all week. Bring your Frisbee, kite, or puppy and let the fun begin!

4. Go Camping

Enjoy the smells, sounds, and views of the great outdoors! Camping is a great way to escape work and bond with your family. So, grab your sleeping bags, pitch a tent, and make some mouth-watering s'mores around the campfire.

5. Try Something New

Try rock climbing, go to a rodeo, or check out a car show. Do something that you have never experienced before; it could turn out to be a family tradition!

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