Is it time for a vacation?  

(Updated August 16, 2022)

Mt. Rainier National Park

While some of us have made the effort to travel over the past year or so, many of us have also had plans waylaid due to the ongoing pandemic. Whether we’re able to catch a flight or hit the road, or if we prefer to stay close to home, taking time away from our day-to-day work routines is a valuable component of our overall well-being.

Taking time off reduces stress, anxiety, and depression, all of which can lead to serious health issues such as heart disease, high blood pressure, insomnia, and fatigue. Vacations also make you feel good and happier with life, while protecting against burnout.

For those of you considering travel, the CDC has a travel page with information that can help you prepare. Or if staying close to home might be your preferred vacation, the Pacific Northwest provides numerous ways to rest, relax, and explore. Pick a new neighborhood to discover, a new or engaging hobby to pursue, or a beloved vista to visit again. It’s as easy as hopping a Trailhead Direct bus.

Got questions about vacation leave? Talk to your supervisor or department’s Human Resources Manager (employee access only).