Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

{Holiday Dreams to } {Lift Spirits}; {Christmas Is Barely over but Already People} { Are Planning Their Next Escape}

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

{Holiday Dreams to } {Lift Spirits}; {Christmas Is Barely over but Already People} { Are Planning Their Next Escape}

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Byline: Cherie Curtis cherie.curtis@news-mail.com.au

DREAMS of holidaying in a faraway land have sometimes been the only bright spot on the work horizon for Tanya Rutherford.

"When I've been in previous jobs that were exhausting or not where I wanted to be, that thought of a future holiday was sometimes my sanity check," Ms Rutherford said.

"Once you start planning for a goal, like an overseas holiday, you become more focused on what you're working towards and it gives you something exciting to look forward to, rather than letting the mundane at work drag you down."

Ms Rutherford describes herself as a "serial holiday-taker", having visited all seven continents of the world.

"I think I've visited 33 countries so far and that's without the Contiki "30 countries in 15 days" type tours," Ms Rutherford said.

"The travel bug hit me when I was living in London for four years because I got into the habit of going to lots of different places," Ms Rutherford said.

"When you live in Europe, travelling to another country is like travelling interstate when you live in Australia.

"I like visiting various countries because they each have something different to offer.

"One of my favourite places is Africa because the colours are really bright and the animals and people are so interesting.

"In Europe, the colours are more muted, but there's this amazing architecture, and it's a completely different world."

Returning to work from a summer holiday is rough, but most Bundaberg people - like Ms Rutherford - find it easier to get back to the grind if they have a holiday on the horizon.

A new online poll of more than 1000 Aussies found 84% were more motivated when they had annual leave booked.

Just a few weeks into the New Year, almost three-quarters of the respondents to the expedia.com.au survey had begun nutting out their next holiday - and about two-thirds planned to take their trip within six months.

Macquarie University organisational psychologist Ben Searle wasn't surprised by the results. …

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