This Writer Is Going on a Holiday; You Should, Too

Once a year, the Significant Other and I make it a point to go on a holiday. We’d go to somewhere nice and quiet, stay there for a couple of weeks, and do nothing but chill out. It’s frankly the high point of my year, aside from my birthday and Christmas, and it’s something I look forward to.

This year, we’ve set our sights on Puerto Princesa, the capital city of the island of Palawan in the Philippines. We intend to visit the Puerto Princesa Underground River, recently named one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature. We’re taking off in three weeks, and I’m so raring to go.

Puerto Princesa, I’ll see you soon.

Everyone needs a holiday every once in a while, and I believe everyone should get that holiday. Especially if you’re a person who works with words all the time.

Writing is fun if you love it and take special pride in your ability to put words together neatly. But no matter how much you love the art, craft and business of writing, there will be times when you’d feel the burnout set in. The stress of dealing with clients and juggling assignments, the tediousness of writing the same kind of content about the same kind of topics – they will all get to you at some point.

And when they do, you can say hello to boredom and chronic writer’s block and hope they won’t stay underfoot for long. Goodness knows they’re not fun to be around.

Holidays are important for writers like you and me. Taking a break from working with words reminds us that there is a world out there beyond our computer monitors, that the Internet is not the only source of knowledge in existence, and that there are other things in life that matter. Things like your health and your sanity, which can take a backseat when you’re living the freelance writer’s often hectic, stressful and crazy life.

Holidays do more than just allow you to have that much-needed R&R anyhow. There is so much you can learn from visiting places you haven’t been to before and interacting with people whose way of life is different from your own. Besides, who knows what new writing ideas may creep into your mind when your mind is just lying idle?

I need a holiday, and I’m glad I’ll be having one soon. You should go on a holiday too.

Image: Roberto Verzo


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Anna Sibal-Gonzaga is a freelance writer based in the Philippines. She likes reading books and watching movies and TV shows in the sci-fi, fantasy and historical genres. She is also a casual gamer and an all-around nerd.

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