Taking A Holiday Won’t Ruin Your Career. Why Not Try Portugal?

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Taking a work break from the office will ruin your career? Reality check, lady…

Hey workaholic! Finish this sentence: “all work and no play makes me…” Pretty bloody cranky? By the time summer rolls around, you’ve probably had one long weekend on the slopes (if you’re lucky). Right? It’s time to get your summer plans sorted and lock in some much deserved R&R.

Don’t stress. I’ve found the perfect place to re-charge your over-worked engine: Vila Monte in Southern Portugal. Think farm fresh produce, whitewashed surfaces, North African architecture, olive groves, private desert islands and bright blue skies.

After working silly hours, like a goose, for three months my work/life/health was as balanced as an overweight pug on a see-saw. So, I retreated to this little farm house to rest my weary brain, self-medicate via Aperol Spritz and dabble in a spot of champagne tennis.

And, if you’re a sufferer of Annual Leave Angst (i.e. you habitually check your work phone and email when on holiday) here’s how to kick that habit to the curb.

Taking a work break from the office will ruin your career? Reality check, lady...
It’s time to pedal in Portugal

Taking a work break from the office will ruin your career? Reality check, lady...

Taking a work break from the office will ruin your career? Reality check, lady...

Taking a work break from the office will ruin your career? Reality check, lady...
Get your gums around this farm fresh produce
Taking a work break from the office will ruin your career? Reality check, lady...
Aperol Spritz? Don’t mind if I do.
Taking a work break from the office will ruin your career? Reality check, lady...
Vila Monte sprawls over nine hectares, and boasts orange and olive groves, gardens and ponds plus not one but two swimming pools – one for the kiddies and an AO outpost
Taking a work break from the office will ruin your career? Reality check, lady...
Take a cheeky afternoon nap…here
Taking a work break from the office will ruin your career? Reality check, lady...
The interiors were designed by Vera Ischia who has worked with Andy Warhol and Jacques Grange

Taking a work break from the office will ruin your career? Reality check, lady...

Taking a work break from the office will ruin your career? Reality check, lady...

Taking a work break from the office will ruin your career? Reality check, lady...
Tennis with champagne makes losing much easier…particularly when you’re a bad loser, losing a lot.
Taking a work break from the office will ruin your career? Reality check, lady...
When in doubt, escape to a desert island…
Taking a work break from the office will ruin your career? Reality check, lady...
If you’re after a change of scenery, escape to Vila Monte’s private island with a packed lunch and your favourite book.
Taking a work break from the office will ruin your career? Reality check, lady...
Take a day trip to Praia do Pinhao. If you’re keen on swimming sans swimsuit – it’s your kinda’ place
Taking a work break from the office will ruin your career? Reality check, lady...
Take in the Algarve’s stunning coastline.
Taking a work break from the office will ruin your career? Reality check, lady...
I took a day trip to Lagos: a beautiful little town in the western Algarve. I found a cafe for lunch in a tiny cobblestone square. Did you know that during the 15th century Lagos was the base for the ‘voyages of the Discoveries’ when Portugal dominated as the greatest seafaring nations in the world? Me neither!
Taking a work break from the office will ruin your career? Reality check, lady...
Finish your day with trip with a little indulgence. The degustation at Vista Restaurante is worth the drive from Vila Monte. 20-something Chef João Oliveira is punching above his weight with this #bucketlist nosh.
Taking a work break from the office will ruin your career? Reality check, lady...
Sunsets on the Algarve will get you back into the groove.
Taking a work break from the office will ruin your career? Reality check, lady...
Taking a work break from the office will ruin your career? Reality check, lady…

Now, I’m ready to get back to work – Obrigado, Portugal!

If you’re after a more adventurous holiday, perhaps this trek in Iceland is more up your alley.

Are you more of an adventure holidayer or a beach bum? Share your favourite work escape destinations in the comments below and click here to compare notes with other legends in The Iris Lillian Squad.

Although this article incorporates affiliate links Elissa has not earned any commission, free product or payment in relation to its publication. 

Taking a work break from the office will ruin your career? Reality check, lady…

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