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Mixing Work with a Holiday is a Dangerous Game

Saintes Maries de la Mer, Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur, France

Saintes Maries de la Mer, Provence Alpes Cote d’Azur, France

Isn’t it weird how the things we most wish for can turn out to be what we should have been avoiding all along? Life certainly has a funny way of showing what is best for us.

I used to work in a UK bank and I often thought how great it would be to work somewhere hot and lovely. Strangely enough, I got the chance to do this twice in my life and both times it turned out to be fairly disappointing.

A Branch on the Beach

The bank I worked in needed some volunteers to move across to work in Spanish branches on a short time basis. My hand shot up immediately as I shouted “Me, me, me” as loudly as possible. I lied about how good my Spanish is and also claimed to have an Aunt who lived over there. They let me go and work in a branch which was right on the beach of a busy resort. I can’t tell you how much I loved the first month or two. I wore short sleeved shirts to work for the first time in my life and my lunch break involved sitting on some hot sand and eating a sandwich while listening to the sea. The problems came when the tourist season ended in October. The place turned into a ghost town and it got pretty cold as well. I started walking to and from work in the middle of the road and I can honestly say that in 3 or 4 months not one single vehicle passed me. The bars and hotels were all closed and all of my customers were either back in the UK or hibernating. I ended up asking for a transfer back to the UK as I was so bored.

A Laptop Next to the Pool

I kind of gave up my dream of working in the sun for a few years until something unexpected happened. A friend told me how he had starting working remotely in a sales job. He phoned up customers from his home and earned commission without even putting on a pair of shoes. I thought about this for a while and then thought about it a bit more. Getting sales has always been my strong point and I was sure I could make a go of this job. I had gone back to just going abroad on holidays after the Spanish experience and I longed to spend more time in the sun. After thinking about it a bit more I decided to take the plunge. My life in the UK was in a horrible rut and my boss said that I could come back if it didn’t work out. I packed up my laptop, put some credit into Skype and headed off to a lovely resort in the south of France. The work went quite well after a sticky start but if you have ever tried to concentrate on work by the side of the pool you will understand my problems.  It is impossible to do a full day’s work as you watch the sun glint off the water and smell the barbeque which is happening a few yards away. I tried my best but it wasn’t for me.

The Lesson Learned

I finally realised that keeping work and holidays separate from one another is the best approach for me. I enjoy my work in the bank and my holiday is the highlight of my year but the two things just don’t seem to mix well. I don’t think I will go back and try working in a resort again but I have a lot of respect for anyone who manages to do it.

For a truly relaxing holiday which lets you forget all about work it is always a good idea to check out La Manga rentals.

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This entry was posted on July 23, 2012 by in Family Adventures, Travel Tips and tagged , , .

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