Automobile aficionados can take advantage of several hotel deals that invite people to stay and explore the area in high-end cars. Guests at the Charles Hotel in Munich can see southern Germany from behind the dashboard of a Lamborghini Gallardo, Ferrari 485 Spider or Porsche Carrera 911; Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa near San Diego in California offers complimentary Porsches to see the area.
If you're feeling stressed out, you might be tempted to take a vacation and go somewhere new, but this might exacerbate the problem, according to John Coates. "When we are mired in stress, what we desperately need to do is minimize the novelty in our lives," he writes. As a result, it might be better to stay close to home.
Every month, bosses at the Motley Fool put the names of all 250 employees into a hat, pick one, then send the lucky winner on a mandatory vacation for the next two weeks. The policy makes the company as a whole more resilient, explains spokeswoman Alison Southwick. "[I]t helps us fight against single points of failure ... you need to make sure that other people around you understand what you do so that the company doesn’t come to a screeching halt if you’re gone," she said.
You won't find Jared Heyman in the offices of Infosurv, the company he founded, because he's spending a year kite-surfing and lounging on far-flung beaches. Heyman used to be a hands-on boss, but he decided to leave the company in the hands of his senior managers and check in occasionally by phone and e-mail. "The overall vibe is more relaxed," says marketing chief Kyle Burnam. "It's like when you were in high school and your parents went away. You still got stuff done, but it gave you a sense of freedom."
Summer vacation may be one of the casualties of the recession. According to a study by American Express OPEN, only 46% of small-business owners plan to take at least one full week of vacation this summer, down from about two-thirds in 2006. The good news: Many respondents this year are skipping vacation because "they see great opportunity and they don't want to miss that," American Express OPEN adviser Alice Bredin says.