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A conundrum: Taking time off from work to go on a holiday is more work than work

When work is more fun than fun, what can you do for fun?
When work is more fun than fun, what can you do for fun?
The American lyricist and composer Cole Porter came up with a question that might pose a conundrum for pleasureseekers but would be music to the ears of workaholics, “When work is more fun than fun, what can you do for fun?” The answer to that, of course, would be, do even more work. However, funnily enough, taking time off from work to take a holiday break can involve as much work, if not more, than going to work, as is suggested by the old chestnut that one needs a holiday to get over the tiring effects of having gone on holiday.

The story goes that a jet-setting gastronome who, on an alphabetically coded whirlwind itinerary, had breakfast in Berlin, lunch in London, dinner in Dubai, eventually landed up with ‘I’ for indigestion in Istanbul, where he decided to go cold Turkey on travel. Now, a UK survey that polled 2,000 respondents has tabulated, time-wise, just how tiring, and tiresome, tourism can be.

The pollsters reportedly discovered that over a seven-day holiday, on an average people spend 17 hours — more than twice the length of a working shift — on finding suitable places to have meals, waiting for transport, standing in queue to gain entry into places of sightseeing interest, and worrying about what’s happening in their place of work. It seems that the leisure industry is aptly named, as relaxing requires a lot of industriousness on the people doing it.

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