Imagine that you have decided to go on a holiday. For many people, this is two weeks of the year, the only chance that they will get to go away. The leave, of course, is meant to be distributed over the course of the year, but if you want to have a chance of taking a week’s break and going away for an extended period, then your only option lies in accumulating it for a huge spend at a period where your workplace can afford to release you. The lull period may usually be over the summer – unless of course you work in the tourism industry, which means that is peak season. Then, having worked yourself to death over the course of the year in order to be able to accrue the leave, you are off to your sun lounger, sitting by the pool, reading your magazine and generally doing the things that you don’t normally have the time for.

Holidays are meant to be different times; changes from routine. They may not necessarily be quiet times. For example, if your job is naturally quiet in any case, such as being the stereotypical librarian, you may prefer to have some excitement in your life by going clubbing at as Ibiza. You may fancy something a bit livelier. But if you have a hectic lifestyle, doing nothing at a holiday is not wrong. Why would you cram more activity during a period of down time? It is a time of change, and if that change involves rest, then do something different, or else you will be burnt out when you return to work. After your holiday! The irony!

Throughout music history composers have often toured and gone away, not just for breaks, but also to promote their music. The time away gave them inspiration and prevented stagnant work. So the next time you consider a holiday, remember its benefits and try to disassociate from your daily life, so that you go back refreshed!