Planning Ahead: 5 Summer Distractions that are Worth Missing Work

With the sun on your back and the wind in your hair, summer comes with all kinds of distractions. From the long days of light to the myriad of seasonal activities, it’s difficult to concentrate on anything that isn’t fun. Unfortunately for the bosses of the world, this includes work.

In fact, there are all sorts of summer activities that make skipping a shift the obvious choice. A few of these include:


Sure, you can go to a concert in the middle of a blizzard, but there’s something to be said for outdoor venues. Red Rocks Amphitheater, for instance, tends to make even the best indoor arena look like a hole in the wall. Summer is the perfect time to enjoy your favorite band in a beautiful location …and cue gorgeous sunset.


Waterskiing is impossible to do most of the year; the water’s too cold. That fact alone makes this tiny window of opportunity worthy of playing a little hooky from work. Choose your destination carefully, though. If you opt to waterski up in the mountains and find that the lake is still frozen, hooky might turn into hockey. 


Not only is hiking a wonderful way to get in touch with nature and experience the beauty of the great outdoors, but it’s also good exercise. Don’t forget to keep tabs on the weather: in the mountains especially, Mother Nature is a wild woman.


Camping is another activity that is difficult to do during any season but summer. Depending on elevation, early June or late August may even be too cold. In other words, you’ve got to grab your tent while you can and go (then go s’more!). Yep, even if that means calling your boss from 10,000 feet and telling her that you don’t know what you have, but you’re certain it’s contagious. 


It’s difficult to raft in a frozen river: the rapids are anything but. Thus, if you have a hankering for some white water, get it while you can. Most areas offer guided trips from May through September.

Summer is the most wonderful time of the year to skip work, but do your best to give your boss a head’s up. Ask coworkers to cover you (and offer them the same), or if you really want your summer off, rethink your career choice and become a teacher.  

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