5 Struggles Workaholics Face While Traveling

We narrow down some common issues workaholics experience when on trips.

By Mathew S. Chan
November 09, 2015


Work occupies a big chunk of our lives, taking up around 8 hours a day for at least 20 to 40 years. For some, their job takes on a life of its own, and it can be difficult to let go when they're used to doing work all the time. Here are 5 struggles workaholics face when forced to go on vacation.

1. Waking Up and Sleeping Early
The whole point of going on vacation is to relax and get away from work stress. For workaholics, it can be difficult to adjust to a new lifestyle even if it’s just for a weekend. Living a very tightly scheduled life that starts early in the morning and ends late in the evening can make waking up late or even sleeping early a struggle during a trip. For a workaholic, vacation is like jetlag, and they’re not quite sure how to deal with it.

2. Having Bad WiFi and Phone Signal
The first thing a workaholic will check when booking a hotel room is probably asking how good the cell service is in the area and if they have fast Internet. It’s impossible for a workaholic to completely let go of work while on vacation, so they find small ways to work whenever they have the time. When reception is bad or WiFi is limited, workaholics will bend over backwards to find the tiny bit of service needed to send out that one email, much like photographers contorting their bodies to get the money shot.

3. Keeping Their Hands Off Their Phones
Because of technology, connecting with one another has become exponentially easier. You can check emails and manage files just fine on your phone, and the typical workaholic is a master of this. The struggle is to keep their hands off their phone long enough to enjoy the vacation. Every vibrate they hear or feel, their hands slip into the familiar grip of their phone to check if it’s theirs. The anxiety is real.

4. Searching for An Available Outlet
Power is everything, and the workaholic struggles to find an outlet—to connect their phones or laptops to. Phones have an easier solution as every self-respectable workaholic has a power bank. The problem lies with getting an outlet for a laptop. If workaholics have to sit on the floor, though, it’s no problem as long as it gets the job done. The outlet becomes a prized commodity ready to be defended from other people who need it.

5. Appreciating the Nature of Vacations
Workaholics see work as a way of life, and they have no problem with this. They might not have work-life balance, but that doesn't automatically mean they're unhappy. It's other people who express concern; thus, they're forced to take mandatory vacations they don't really feel they need. They can probably survive one day of doing nothing, but to them, more than that is just wasteful. It's better to use all available time in a more productive manner. At the end of the day, they might be taking a break from their normal job, but they'll try to find an activity to keep them preoccupied.