by Marcia Simon, CTA, APR
Martha’s Vineyard, just four miles off the coast of Cape Cod, has become an increasingly popular destination, and therefore more crowded, over recent years. Even so, a day or two can easily trigger the magic power of island life to soothe the soul and take you away from the troubles of the world.
A New England gem, about 25 miles long and nine miles wide, Martha’s Vineyard is an easy ferry ride from either mainland Massachusetts or Rhode Island, as well as from Montauk on the east end of Long Island.
Whether by car or bicycle, wherever you go on the Vineyard you’re likely to see water along your journey. The island has a whaling history you can still feel – from the widow walk rooftops looking out over an expansive horizon, to the large metal whale blubber pots that now serve as flower planters that adorn the porches of museums and inns on the island. Fishing today via charter trips is focused on bonita, tuna, shark and marlin (in certain seasons.) It’s quite common to see men with pickup trucks and boys with bicycles packed with fishing reels heading for the water’s edge to surf cast in hopes of snagging a big striped bass.
Edgartown, known as the most affluent part of the island, seems a lot more casual today than it was 10 years ago, as millennials with yoga pants and baby strollers outnumber baby boomers in pink pants and pearls. Oak Bluffs attracts more of the drinking crowd, but no matter where you go on Martha’s Vineyard, it’s easy to chill and relax. High season starts right after Memorial Day and goes through September, which has become a big month for weddings on the island.
October’s weather is usually still warm, with sweater-weather nights, and weekend hotel rooms offering lower rates and availability.
Getting around the island is easy with the Martha’s Vineyard Transit Authority bus system. They have a few spaces for bicycles. So, whether you take your car, a bike or just walk aboard a ferry to Vineyard Haven or Oak Bluffs, remember to travel light in mind, spirit and luggage.
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by Marcia Simon, APR, CTA
Vacation helps you regain energy, think more clearly, shed stress, restore a positive attitude and put life into perspective. Travel motivates you to get unstuck from a stagnant situation, become more productive and move forward toward achieving your personal goals.
As much as this sounds like common sense, there’s research to back it up. According to a June 2018 Harris poll conducted for the American Psychological Association (APA), two thirds of working Americans surveyed said their mood is more positive after returning from vacation. More than half said they return to work feeling less stressed and, as a result, they felt their work quality was better.
Despite the known benefits of turning off the work switch for a week or two:
“While taking a vacation may make employees temporarily feel behind, they should realize that stepping away from work and fully disconnecting carries a ripple effect of benefits. It allows employees to return to work feeling more productive, creative, recharged and reenergized.
Workplaces that support time off, see the benefits not just for the employees, but for the entire work environment. The ripple effect of increased creativity and energy bring overall good vibes that travel throughout the office.
Embracing the value of time off is still a work in progress from many Americans. About one third of U.S. employees said their work colleagues contact them while on vacation; 25 percent their boss contacted them while on vacation. Perhaps we need to learn a lesson from France, where the “right to disconnect” law requires companies with more than 50 employees to establish hours when staff should not send or answer emails. The goals of the law include preventing burnout by protecting private time.
Disconnecting from work mentality allows you to reconnect with family or friends and – most importantly – with yourself.
Marcia Simon is principal of MSE Public Relations, specializing in healthcare, wellness, travel and technology. She is also an IATA-accredited travel agent who blogs about health, wellness and travel. Say hello at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marcia Simon, CTA, APR, has been exploring new places since she was 17 years old and traveled around Europe on a Eurailpass with her best friend. Decades later, she still considers travel the best investment of time and money she's ever made for herself and her family.