Vacations: They are vital to our well-being and productivity. They form vivid childhood memories. They strengthen family bonds. They broaden perspective. What’s not to love? Well, for busy knowledge workers, it seems the answer is plenty.

In today’s frenetic workplace, it appears that our only options are to work throughout our vacation, generating the very stress and frustration it was supposed to eliminate, or come back to such an avalanche of work that after one day back, it’s like the vacation never happened. No wonder so many of us decide it’s not worth the price.

Rather than resign yourself to this new reality, challenge it.