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It’s Official: Work is Bad. Holidays are Good.

How much work is actually good for you? Not as much as you might think. New research shows long, stressful days don't actually pay in the long run. We say, great! Put on the 'out of office' and check out our top places to escape this Summer.

We've been saying it for years. Life is for living. Too much time spent at your desk working is counterproductive.

Now new research has proved we were right all along. A European-wide study reveals that long hours as well as the intensity of the modern working world, whether tight deadlines or a fast, relentless pace is not only bad for our physical and mental health, it also harms our future career prospects.

The study, 'Implications of work effort and discretion for employee well-being and career-related outcomes: an integrative assessment' looked at data from over 50,000 employees across Europe.

Happy friends cheering with champagne in pool party at sunset
Work weekend away, creative retreat or a good old fashioned holiday... everyone needs a break to rest, recharge and reset.

The researchers found that when people of similar educational levels and who had similar jobs  worked intensively over long periods of time, they were more likely to experience both lower levels of wellbeing and worse career prospects including job security, promotion and satisfaction. Stress-related illness and burnout, anyone?

One of the study’s authors Hans Frankort, senior lecturer in strategy, Cass Business School told the Financial Times: “it may be a mistake to accept reduced wellbeing in the hopes of improving future career prospects.” Put simply, too much intense work makes you ill, unhappy and frankly (like Jack) a bit dull. Plus it’s not worth it because it probably won’t get you a better job.  

Enough with the science, though.  Here’s what you do about it.

Passionate about Travel for Business & Pleasure

At Red7 we’re passionate about the power of travel – whether it’s about getting away to relax, celebrate, see something new, or simply restoring your faith in the world and your spirit. We’ve been organising great holidays for groups and individuals for over 21 years. We were the first company in the UK to organise pre-packaged Hen, Stag and Sten holidays and have helped over a million clients celebrate pre-wedding.

Now we’ve expanded to organise all sorts of Occasion and Celebration travel. We also run Sports Team Tours for both adults and children and have recently relaunched a new and improved Business Travel Service for SMEs, which includes establishing managing Staff Holiday Clubs for your employees, organising incentive travel for your staff. Think perk holidays, people. These days, when it comes to staff retention it’s all about the perks. You can read all about how incentive travel rewards and retains the best employees here.

And here are Red7’s top picks for the best places to escape the office grind…

Top 3 Places to Escape the Office in 2018/19

  1. Greece: with stunning seascapes, beaches, bars, and endless bright blue skies, it’s this summer’s Jetset destination of choice and we expect sky high demand next season too. For groups, who wouldn’t love to getaway to this Love Island-inspired luxury villa on Mykonos, complete with infinity pool? Contact us to book for 2018/2019
Villa Mykonos' luxe Infinity pool
Villa Mykonos’ Infinity pool – sleeps 7

2. Ibiza

Ibiza has endless partying, super clubs, sexy beach clubs and restaurants, great cocktails and stunning sunsets. Who wouldn’t fancy a break to recharge on this fabulous island with its stunning vistas, superlative seafood and gorgeous beaches? From our great deals at the legendary Ibiza Rocks  (newly renovated for 2018) to stunning luxury villas our travel experts will find you the perfect break for your budget.


Cala d'Hort beach of Ibiza
Cala d’Hort beach, Ibiza
Party at Ibiza Rocks hotel
Carnival Party at Ibiza Rocks Hotel (Photo – Elliot Young)
Villa Aquatic Ibiza - sleeps 12
The unbelievably stunning Villa Aquatic Ibiza sleeps 12

3. Obonjan Island, Croatia

We love Obonjan island off the west coast of Croatia for its great value, stunning scenery, yoga classes, organic local food and after dark party scene. With everything in one place (you arrive by speed boat or ferry) it’s a a perfect choice for larger groups who want to chill out during the day and party without having to think about getting a cab home.

DJ overlooking the sea on Obonjan Island, Croatia
Top European DJs spin the decks on Obonjan Island
Luxe Belle Tents on Obonjan Island
Obonjan Island’s Bell Tents are made for Group Glamping
Woman having a massage
Chill out with yoga and beauty treatments including incredible massages.

People doing yoga in the forest, Obonjan Island, Croatia

Sunset on Obonjan Island, Croatia
Sunset on Obonjan Island, Croatia
Poolside Restaurant Obonjan Island Croatia
One of the poolside restaurants on Obonjan Island, Croatia


Get in touch with us today to book your summer getaway!