Summer’s arrived. You’ve set up that email auto-responder, packed your bags, and are headed off to sunshine and fantastic food. Time to unplug, refresh, and forget about all things career.
Sounds normal, right?
Relationship-building is going on all around you. Everywhere, even on vacations. If you’re so tuned out that you’re not connecting with the people crossing your path, you (and your career) are mega missing out.
No matter what title you hold (even solopreneur), your career isn’t a one-woman show. You need others to believe in, champion, and partner with you in order to succeed. Sure, you have to hustle, but you can’t go it alone. Community is crucial, and to grow yours, you need to build relationships with those around you.
Here’s why shutting down 100% on your next vacation might not be the best idea.
Why Summer Vacation Is The Best Time To Grow Your Network
People are relaxed and happy.
It seems obvious, but just so we’re on the same page: vacations put people in a really good mood. We’ve checked out of everyday stresses and are focused on enjoyment and rest. Studies have shown that just prepping for a vacation can boost our mood, shooting our happiness meter off the charts.
Moral of the story? Vacations make happy people.
Pro Tip: Take advantage of the early stages of a vacation, like when checking into a hotel or the first day or so of a cruise. People around you are also ready for fun, so be inviting with your face/body language and be open to chatting. Good times are in the air! And don’t forget – happiness lasts longer than the first day. Keep it up!
It’s a no-work environment.
When people are networking on the clock, they’re super focused on being professional and whipping out those business cards. That’s great, but holiday hangouts provide an opportunity for a much deeper connection.
The vacation setting does a couple of really magical things. First, people aren’t overthinking every single connection they make. Bonds feel simpler, more genuine and less forced. Because of that, it’s a great time to get to know someone on a deeper level. Less “what do you do” and more “who are you”, which, when you cross paths with a kindred spirit, can score you big time in business too.
Second, when people are connecting on a getaway, their brain doesn’t label it “networking” – it’s saying “friends.” Studies have shown that it can actually feel less intimidating to meet new people while vacationing, and that “engaging with fellow travelers or locals can lead to meaningful interactions and even long-lasting friendships.” So don’t underestimate the impact chatting with your new neighbor – you never know what might happen.
Pro Tip: Even ordinary interactions can be great catalysts for making friends. Poolside bars, resort activities, city tours, even dinner out can be a great way to bump into someone new. No need to be nervous to interact – you’re not the only one ready to mingle and have a great time!
Vacation spots are melting pots.
Vacation locations are melting pots for all different types of people. CEOs, board members, big and small money, all mixing in the sun with the smells of Coppertone and happy hour.
And guess what? You’re there too.
When you’re hanging at the beach bar or chilling by the pool, it’s nobody’s turf. Everyone is, ehem, stripped down to vacation mode. No suits, no corner offices, no assistants. It’s just people being people, and it’s the perfect time to cross the barriers separating us in normal life to get to know someone you might not have the chance to otherwise.
Pro Tip: Dive into what interests you. Love water exploration? Sign up for a snorkeling outing. Wanna try your hand at a new art form? Get yourself in that class! You’re not the only one who’ll be looking for activity. People in all levels and fields of business want to try new stuff, and you never know who your classmates might be.
You should 100% take time to relax, shut off the hustle and recharge, but if you’re ignoring chances to build new relationships, you’re missing out on a whole lot of joy, wisdom and opportunities for mind-blowing success. Even on vacation.
No matter what career you’re in, missing out on new connections is a no-can-do. So book that plane ticket, pack your bag and unwind – just leave room for new buds. You never know what they can lead to!
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