How often do entrepreneurs go on vacation? And what impact does it make on their life and business? ENCOMIUM Weekly asks respondents in this week’s entrepreneur series…
Yes, I totally believe in going on vacation. I have a home in Sweden. I travel to Europe at least five times a year. I take small vacations within the country now and then too depending on how stressful things get.
The benefits are numerous but the major reason is to cool off. One has to take care of his health. Money is not everything.
EMDEE STRONG, Emdee Group of Companies
It is basically to improve your mentality thereby add value to your business. It is also very important to take stress off because the body needs rest.
I always travel to Port Harcourt (Rivers State) because it is a city that is peaceful. If you want to think very well, you need a peaceful environment. I also try as much as possible to be far from my family, to be alone and meditate on vital issues.
BOLA ADEBAJO, Evergreen’s Events Company
Yes, I believe in going on vacations. I used to go once in a year, but now there’s no time. Who doesn’t like to go to London, America, Dubai and the likes on vacation? I consult for an NGO in Abuja, and we usually have a two week conference annually, and we always have different states host us. It is usually a time to relax, as we even get to visit different choice relaxation places.
There was a time we went to Calabar, we spent four days at Obudu Cattle Ranch. It was quite an experience.
The benefits of going on vacations are not far-fetched. One is able to gather strength for the next phase. Also, strategize and carefully make plans for the nearest future, having considered the failure and success of the past.
OLUWATOYIN DAVE, Dave Fashion
I think the benefit is that it makes you relax, so you can think very well for yourself and your business. Vacation takes you off your business for a while, so you can get better when you come back.
I travel to the United Kingdom most times, because I like leaving the country and my family, so that I can concentrate very well and think well too.
LAWRENCE ONWUKWEM, Lawrence & Company Ltd.
Yes, I normally go on vacation. My destination depends on my wife’s choice. But we usually go to the United States of America.
The advantage of going on vacation is quite enormous. It affords me the time to rest after toiling for the year. And by the time I return to work, I would be strong enough to do my work.
DIJE BADAKI, Dehaza
Yes, I do. I go twice a year. I go to nice countries with good climate and great tourist centres. You will have time to relax, think outside the box and reduce stress. It is even a good way of managing stress.
PATRICIA AGBAKWU, Patisie
Of course, I go on vacation. It depends. Most times I mix vacation with business. I sometimes go to Italy, United Arab Emirates or United States of America, depending on where the wind blows.
Of course, it does in the sense that my workers will rest and I will rest too. That is, we take our holidays together. We usually take our holidays at the end of the year.
LINDA AMARA IKE, Linda’s Place
Yes, I go on vacation once in a year. I don’t have any particular country. It can be Europe, America or Asia. It relieves me of stress. And when I am less stressed, my work goes on fine. So, I make it a point of duty to travel out whenever I need a break.
Going on vacation after some months of hard work is very good. Apart from the relaxation that many think is the reason for embarking on holidays, it’s also a period you can think of new ideas that can drive your business.
I always travel abroad for my vacation, and that has also exposed me a lot concerning my business and career. It’s a good for business development.
TAI ELEMOSHO, Montai
Of course, definitely I love to go on vacation. All work and no play makes Jill a dull girl. I have worked hard, so I have to rest. Wherever I can afford is where I go. But I love to go to England, USA and United Arab Emirates. I go to the Caribbeans too, but not often.
Definitely, no. When I go to Italy it’s basically for business and Italy is where I do all my business.
TOYIN OYEDOLA, Teetop Entertainment Company
Twice in a year; June and October, because December is our busy period. I usually visit Abuja and Port Harcourt to relax and refresh my brain
The benefits are enormous, we can’t work nonstop all through the year we have to rest and be refreshed for new challenges. Going on vacation helps me restrategize.
It’s good to go on vacation. I enjoy going to the UK or Dubai, United Arab Emirates. If you embark on holidays abroad, you will definitely come back home refreshed.
Not only that, you might have met a lot of people who can as well help your business. It’s always a moment of retreat for me, and I enjoy it. It has helped me a lot.
BAYO ADETU, Square Image Associates
It’s very important because it helps you relax frayed nerves. Considering the hustle and bustle nature of Nigeria, Lagos in particular, going on vacation is inevitable and has many benefits.
Due to the nature of my job, I can only afford to go on vacation once in 12 months. The purpose is to refresh myself and subsequently do my job better. Any cool and reserved place is my preferred vacation spot.