Vacation or Staycation: Keeping a Perspective on Work/Life Balance
August 18, 2010

The Great American Staycation: How to Make a Vacation at Home Fun for the Whole Family (and Your Wallet!)

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Dealing with the stress of working in today’s economy day in and day out is exhausting. The recession has left many companies shorthanded, and those who are employed often have to carry not only their workload, but also the workloads of nonexistent coworkers. With less people doing more work, employees are faced with extended work days and a greater need to go on vacation. Despite the high stress level and dire need to get away, many workers, however, are opting not to use all of their vacation time.

An article by CNN Living delves into the reasons why employees are forgoing their vacations and enduring the stress. Oftentimes, employees feel the strain of extra responsibility and do not want to appear lazy. Other employees shy away from the stress of scheduling vacation time in advance. By declining to take a vacation, some people may think that they will gain the reputation of being a hard worker, someone their boss can depend on and one that would never be thought of when a string of layoffs are considered. Furthermore, many employees, as much as they want to take vacation time, have a spouse

Coordinating a vacation can be hectic, but the idea of what a vacation is has been turned upside down by the “staycation,” which is growing in popularity. CNN’s article says staycations “require very little research and planning, are cost effective and are a great compromise for those with family obligations.” Instead of using vacation time to travel, many employees are choosing to stay at home during their paid time off. These employees are saving money and are bypassing all the stresses of travel. In addition to taking a staycation, CNN’s article recommends booking bargain, last-minute vacations to save money.

However you decide to spend your vacation time, make sure you do it as work/life balance is becoming increasingly important to the workers’ sanity during stressful economic times. Commuter Swap understands that people need time away from the hustle and bustle of the office, or at the very least more flexibility with schedules and their commute if they can’t get away from work. If you find yourself in a “PTO bind,” check out how Commuter Swap could at the very least reduce the time of your commute and put you closer to the office. Let’s face it, even a couple hours gained at the beginning and end of each day could feel like a vacation from the norm.

source: CNN – http://www.cnn.com/2010/LIVING/08/04/cb.reluctant.to.take.vacation/index.html
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What’s your Driving Personality?
July 19, 2010

Professional Driving Techniques: The Essential Guide to Operating a Motor Vehicle with Confidence and Skill

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How would you rate your driving habits? Are you a diligent commuter or a little too courageous behind the wheel. Like most drivers, our driving habits are largely dictated by our commute. As an illustration, check out these statistics from a survey conducted by TomTom in which the driving habits of seven major commuter cities were tabulated:

  • 61.3% of Americans travel five to 10 miles over the speed limit; High Score: Atlanta, 66.2%
  • 71.2% of Americans change their route depending on the time of day to reach their destination the fastest way possible; High Score: Los Angeles, 78.3%
  • 19.8% of Americans lean on their horns when someone cuts them off; High Score: Boston, 27.6%
  • 10.7% of Americans curse or gesture crudely when someone cuts them off; High Score: Atlanta, 14.4%
  • 21.6% of Americans slam on their brakes or slow down when being tailgated; High Score: Atlanta, 26.4%

Nationally, 58.1 percent of Americans surveyed have a daily commute that lasts 45 minutes to an hour. With so much time spent in the car, it comes as no surprise that some interesting, and in some cases, even embarrassing behaviors and occurrences have resulted.

So, stop spending most of your day in the car and dealing with obnoxious and annoying drivers (not to mention dangerous). Instead of living behind the wheel, start living more at Commuter Swap today. You’ll spend less time behind the wheel and more time enjoying activities that don’t involve embarrassing or obnoxious driving habits.

source: GPS and Car Tracking – http://gps-cartracking.com/tomtom-survey-reveals-interesting-facts-about-drivers

Summer Road Warriors
June 22, 2010

Summer in Connecticut: A Positively Connecticut Book

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Summer is officially here and for the extreme commuter, you know what’s coming next…

1) Increased congestion to our highways and byways, as everyone hits the road for summer vacation.

2) Higher gas prices (of course).

First let’s tackle higher gas prices. Here are a few tips to ease the pain at the pump this summer…

1. Back Off Jack
Slow it down and stop using your brake as a foot petal on your bass drum.driving like a maniac will reduce your mileage by up to a third. Instead, change speed at sensible rates. You’ll save money if you do. And keep the driver in front of you from giving you the 1 finger salute.

2. Pump it Up
Properly inflated tires are not just more efficient — they’ll last longer, too. Improperly inflated tires will decrease your gas mileage by almost 4%.

3.”I Cant Drive 55″
You can and you should! Almost all cars efficiency decreases at anything over 60 mph.

4. Dont Wait for That Noise to Stop..It Wont
Take care of the little things and the big things will take care of themselves. Change oil regularly,maintain proper fluid levels, keep the engine clean, get the emissions tested, and stay up-to-date on tuneups.

Now, what to do about the added congestion from our traveling friends?!!!

You could hole up in the house until September or so, but the boss probably won’t be too happy with that decision.

Better yet, you could beat them at their own game… How about a vacation from traffic – A home exchange with a destination of a better quality of life?

List your home for exchange on Commuter Swap and swap it with one closer to your job. Get off the road and leave the congestion and higher gas prices to the summer road warriors.

source: Fast 12 Second Commute – http://fast12secondcommute.blogspot.com/2010/06/free-gas-savings-tips-for-summer-2010.html

Making the most out of the daily commute
June 8, 2010

The 25 Best Time Management Tools & Techniques: How to Get More Done Without Driving Yourself Crazy

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Just because you’re stuck on a commuter train for 3 hours a day, doesn’t mean that you can’t be productive. Here are some tips to help you pass the time…

Time spent commuting on public transport can be used effectively by reading a newspaper, writing a to-do list or sorting through emails (sorry drivers, eyes ahead and hands on the wheel)….

1. Read a Local/National Paper – Catch up on business news
2. Create a To-Do List – Organize your day
3. Use a Blackberry or I-Phone – Sort through those emails

While time management activities are a great way to pass the time on the long journey to or from the workplace, wouldn’t it be better to actually spend less time commuting in the first place?

Check out Commuter Swap. List your home for exchange and swap it with one closer to your job site. Spend less time commuting and more time actually getting things done instead of planning to do them.

source: suite 101.com – http://personal-work-habits.suite101.com/article.cfm/how-to-make-commuting-time-more-effective