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13 Signs You Need a Vacation

Updated on June 11, 2013
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Jeannie has been writing online for over eight years. She covers a wide variety of topics—anything from hamsters to office work.


Who Needs a Vacation?

It was a pretty dismal winter. I think most of us can agree that it seemed to last forever! There were blizzards, abnormally strong winds, and frigid temperatures. Thankfully, winter is over and the warm weather is here. However, that does not mean the economy has improved much. Some of us are just simply bummed out. It is difficult to keep moving forward in this economy and I daresay some of us are starting to develop a rather nasty disposition because of it. I think a lot of us are exhibiting signs of needing a vacation.

You may wonder how you can tell if you really need a vacation. Well, I am happy to create a helpful checklist so you can determine how much you really need a vacation. Now you can see how many of the 13 signs you need a vacation applies to you.

1. Are your co-workers out to get you?

When you get to work, do your co-workers expect unreasonable things out of you? Do they expect you to do activities such as:

  • Answer the phone when it rings.
  • Respond to emails in a timely fashion.
  • Stay awake while at your desk.
  • Limit your personal calls to under an hour each day.
  • Speak when asked a question.
  • Put some clothes on before going to work.
  • Not threatening fellow co-workers with violence.

Seriously, what is up with this? Co-workers actually expect you to work while at work? If you are getting upset about this and believe your co-workers are plotting against you because of it, you certainly are experiencing one of the signs that you need a vacation.

2. Are you sleeping in the livingroom for a change of scenery?

Have you been sleeping in the livingroom or guest room to get that "staying at a motel/hotel" feeling? Sure, the couch might fold out or maybe you have a futon, but why are you sleeping on that if you have a bed? Did you really just put tiny soaps and shampoos in the bathroom, as well? My friend, your home is not the Holiday Inn. You are having some serious vacation withdrawal symptoms.

3. Do you go to your friend's pool and pretend you are at a resort?

If you are visiting people and using their pool, that is totally normal. If you are pretending to be on vacation when doing so, you should be concerned. Do you take photos and tell people you are a resort? You do realize being delusional is not a good sign, correct?

4. Do you get on the kiddie rides at Walmart?

Have you been riding the kiddie rides at Walmart? Are you over 14 years old? Were you pretending you were at Six Flags? Oh dear. That is not very healthy.

First of all, you are scaring young children. Second, the kiddie rides at Walmart will never replace the experience of really going to Six Flags. Maybe it is time to consider scraping enough money together to go to a real amusement park.


5. Do you find yourself going through old vacation photo albums?

Have you been looking at past vacation photos? Have you shed a tear or two? Even worse, are you starting to pretend you are at those places again? Do you find yourself looking for the same beach towel or bathing suit in one of those photos and using them for "old time's sake?" This is just not a good situation.

6. Have you gone to a local pond and pretended you were in the Bahamas?

If you are going to any location with some water and pretending you are on a magical vacation journey, you are starting to have some serious issues. Are you imagining you are in the Bahamas?

Going fishing with your friends at the local pond is certainly not the same as going on a real vacation. Try to enjoy your time with the guys, but if not, maybe it is time for a vacation.

7. Are you having nightmares about work?

Are you starting to have nightmares about the copier at work not just eating your document, but eating you? Do you see it chasing you down the hall until it lifts its lid and gobbles you whole? Or perhaps you have been having a nightmare about your computer coming to life, and telling you how it is replacing you and you will never work again?

No matter what type of nightmares you are having about work, the result is the same: you are under way too much stress at work. If you continue to have nightmares about work, you need a break and you need it now. Even if you can only afford to go to a local park, take a couple of days off and do it now.

8. Do you post angry messages under your friends' vacation photos on Facebook?

Jealousy is a really ugly emotion and no one wants to read your spiteful comment under their happy beach pic. So if you are starting to post angry messages under your friends' vacation photos on Facebook, you should be concerned. Do you wish there was an "unlike" button just for that type of photo? You have even bigger problems!

9. Have you been watching National Lampoon's Vacation and Weekend at Bernie's too much lately?

If you've been watching wacky vacation movies too much lately, you might just need a vacation, too. If you have been inspired by Weekend at Bernie's or National Lampoon's Vacation, then you have bigger problems. Please do not find a dead body and strap it to the roof of a car or put it in a boat. There are laws against that type of thing - seek help!


10. Have you started answering your phone by saying, "Who's bothering me now?"

Clearly, if you are answering your phone and indicating anyone calling you at all is a nuisance, you've had enough. This can happen to anyone when they are under too much stress. Have you started answering the phone at work the same way? You might want to take a day off now before your employer permanently gives you plenty of days off.

11. Are you constantly wearing Hawaiian shirts?

Have you started wearing Hawaiian shirts lately? Do you wear Hawaiian leis, too? When people come to visit, do you put a lei around their neck and welcome them to Hawaii? Have you started wearing sunblock all the time even when not leaving your home? Uh-oh! You need a beach vacation and you need it now!

Sure, most of us can't afford a Hawaiian vacation in this economy, but don't let that stop you from going to the beach. Find the closest beach and get there now. I'll bet you could even get away with wearing the Hawaiian shirt. Just don't go around passing around leis to people; that is too much.


12. Does your out-of-office email response state, "Out of office due to pretend vacation" and you never left work?

You are beginning to scare people now. Never post an out-of-office response without actually being out of the office. Your co-workers are starting to talk about you. You might just find yourself going on a vacation very soon, but it will be to a nice padded cell somewhere.

13. Have you started decorating your entire home with palm trees?

Are you decorating everything with a beach theme? Did you start buying palm trees? Do you have pink flamingos decorating the yard? Did you set up a kiddle pool in the middle of your living room?

Clearly, you may want to visit Florida soon. It never hurts to price that trip to Florida and start thinking about if it is possible to go. When all else fails, just watch some television shows like the Jersey Shore: Miami or Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami . Suddenly, Florida won't seem as appealing after all.


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So, did you answer "yes" to any of these questions? You might want to think about taking a real vacation. Did you answer "yes" to ALL of these questions? You should try to seek some professional help and the sooner the better. Sorry, but you really need more than just a vacation. I am afraid I simply can't help you.

It's been a tough few years for most of us, but we must believe there is light at the end of the tunnel. So buck up, little campers! It is time to take a vacation. Hey, maybe you can even just go camping. After all, it is a change of scenery and it is not nearly as pathetic as sleeping on your fold out couch. You see, cheap vacation possibilities are out there for everyone!

Copyright ©2011 Jeannieinabottle


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  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    7 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    I am pretty sure I need one, too. I think that is why I went looking for this hub today. Hope you have a great vacation and honeymoon!

    Thanks for checking out my hub and thanks for the comment.

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    7 years ago

    I was sure I needed a vacation, but this article confirmed it ;) Thankfully I have summer vacation booked and a honeymoon trip in 4 months- somehow neither seem close enough right's so true with this economy and stress vacations are needed so much more!!

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    8 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    TToombs08 - Thank you so much for linking my hub to your hub and for sharing! :-)

    TrevorBasile - I am glad you enjoyed it. Now I give you permission to go on vacation. :-)

    fpherj48 - I have to admit to you, I have literally done that! Once, when I could not afford an actual vacation for a couple of years, I slept in the livingroom on weekend facing the window and pretended to be in an exotic location. Sad, but true! Thanks for the vote up!

    remaniki - Thanks so much! I am happy you liked the hub so much.

    Made - Oh no! Wool socks in the summer! That is just terrible. I love hot weather, but it has actually been too hot this time. Thanks for checking out my hub!

    Alecia Murphy - Thanks so much! I know what you mean... one or two vacations doesn't even seem enough for me anymore and that is saying a lot.

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    Alecia Murphy 

    8 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

    LOL at the work one! Some people act that way even after they've had several vacations. But all of these are good reasons to at least have a staycation! Great hub!

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    Madeleine Salin 

    8 years ago from Finland

    Living in cold Finland, I'd always need a vacation to a warmer place. I had to wear wool socks even in the summer this year. Funny hub! I'm glad I don't have too many of these signs. :)

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    Rema T V 

    8 years ago from Chennai, India

    Hi Jeannieinabottle,

    Very entertaining hub. Loved it. Awesome pictures too. Sharing it across. Cheers, Rema

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    8 years ago from Carson City

    LOL! hahahah"sleeping in the living room to get that staying at a hotel/motel feeling.......these are too crazy, jeannie. That mind of yours is something else, I just don't have an exact word for that something else.

    But above all and despite your are funny, girl. Crack me up every time!....UP+++

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    Trevor Basile 

    8 years ago from Rockaway, NJ

    great hub, I think I can always need a vacation. You just gave me some great valid reasons now

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    Terrye Toombs 

    8 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

    Jeannie! This is fantastic! I'm linking this to my 7 items not to take on vacation hub! :) Voted up and more...oh, and sharing. :)

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    8 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Wow, you really need a vacation if you are trying to find a secluded island. That is actually not a bad idea. You could also try the opposite - you could go to some resort in the snowy mountains. Thanks for dropping by!

  • cbpoet profile image


    8 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

    Greetings. Thanks for the 13 hilarious signs. What are your thoughts for readers who live in a sunny vacation spot and who want to relocate to a remote island?

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    9 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Thanks for the comment. I personally feel like we should have a Hawaiian shirt day at work, but no one else seems to be on board with me. I am glad the hub made you smile!

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    CondoLux Rentals 

    9 years ago from North Myrtle Beach,South Carolina

    Number 11 is my favorite! I know someone who ALWAYS breaks out the Hawaiian shirts. Nice article. Made me smile.

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    9 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Thank you! I am glad I could cheer you up. A vacation is a vacation, that is how I look at it. Even with 4 kids it is something different. Have fun!

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    9 years ago from UK

    Oh Jeannie this cheered me up. I am on my jollies on Monday. To Scarborough. Not quite the same as South of France! And not exactly a break with 4 kids. But a well needed change of scenery. And you hit the nail on the head very humorously xx

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    9 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    I am glad you did not answer "yes" to too many questions. I do agree that may change in a couple of months. I've found I am so distracted lately. I can't stop thinking about the beach! Thank you for reading and for the comment!

  • fucsia profile image


    9 years ago

    Nice Hub! I would like a vacation but actually seems that I do not need it yet... But I have to wait two months for having some days of vacation and I am sure that in the meantime my "Yes" will increase!

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    9 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    I hope you are able to tell off everyone at work the day you walk out. That will be great. I think the secret behind the donut dream is I am on a diet and I would probably tackle someone if they walked by me with donuts right now. Hehe! Thanks for the comments!

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    9 years ago from New York

    I mostly daydream about the day I will finally give notice and really telling everybody off in a nice special way :-) And donuts are yummy not a nightmare lol, but maybe its a hidden meaning thing. Google donut dreams and see what pops up.

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    9 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Yes, that must be what it means. A permanent vacation is something we both need! I had two nightmares in one night last week; one was about work and the other was about donuts. Who has a nightmare about donuts? Weird.

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    9 years ago from New York

    I always am believing that work is out to get me and have nightmares about does that mean I need a permanent vacation? I think so...

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    9 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Cogerson - I have personally answered "yes" to 8 of the questions. I guess that means I need a vacation, but maybe I don't need to seek mental help just yet. You are very lucky to go to Vegas. I want to work for that company! Thanks for the comment and the votes!

    Movie Master - Great to meet you, too. Sorry that you answered "yes" to most of the questions. I am with you on that! I also really need a vacation. Thanks for reading and for the comment.

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    Movie Master 

    9 years ago from United Kingdom

    Hi Jeannieinabottle, it's great to meet you, this is hilarious, I said 'yes' to most of it, so I could be heading for trouble....but I will take a vacation anyway! so much fun, thank you.

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    9 years ago from Virginia

    Very funny hub sounds like you might need a how many of the thirteen did you answer yes to?......we are currently in good shape as we just had a vacation a couple weeks ago......and about 6 months wife's work made us go to Vegas(they are horrible people to work we squeezed in a trip to Hollywood while out our pressure valves are pretty low currently...voted up useful and funny

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    9 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Thanks for the comment! Sometimes part-time jobs can be really rough, too. You may need a vacation from it. I know sometimes a vacation can be stressful if things do not go well, so I've also heard of people needing a vacation to recover from a vacation.

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    9 years ago

    So accurate. However, since I am retired, many don't apply. The day I had today at my part-time seasonal job definitely has me needing a vacation though. I guess sometimes you even need a vacation from vacation.


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