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Why Taking a Vacation is So Important

Taking off for a little getaway is not just a luxury

- it’s incredibly important for your physical and mental health.

According to a study reported by Businessweek in 2007, people who were deprived of vacations were more likely to make mistakes and resent their co-workers. A study at the University of Vienna found that when people took time off from work they had fewer physical complaints related to stress such as backaches, headaches and heart irregularities. Also, the positive effect lasted for five weeks after they returned from their trip. When you take the time to have a break and get away from it all, it can have significant benefits to your overall well-being. You will have a chance to recharge your batteries and de-stress, which means that you will return to work with a clearer head and a calmer mindset.

Vacations Will Actually Make You Better at What You Do

No matter what you do for a living, a vacation can make you sharper, more creative and more efficient. A break is good for your brain and it can help you to feel refreshed and motivated to take on new challenges. The professional services firm Ernst & Young conducted an internal study of its employees and it discovered that for every additional 10 hours of vacation time each employee took, their year end performance rating improved by 8%. Not only will a trip make you happier, it will always make you more productive and allow you to excel at what you do.

It’s Not Always So Easy To Just Go

When you are busy it can be very difficult to break off from work and squeeze in a little time off. You feel like if you aren’t there to do everything, your business will fall apart (especially if you are an entrepreneur). According to a study commissioned by the U.S. Travel Association, four in ten workers said that their employer supported time off but their workload was too heavy for them to use those vacation days. Although it can be a challenge to take time off, it’s so important to do so and it will be completely worth it if you do. When you leave your vacation days on the table you will be harming rather than helping your productivity. You may need to look ahead in your calendar to prepare for when you get back, delegate some tasks while you are gone and set up an email auto-responder to let people know when you are out of the office. Do what you need to do to prepare - but then go ahead and take time off, you’ll be glad you did.

If you need a vacation but are too busy to plan one, Vacation Your Way can help.

We specialize in planning personalized travel experiences that will be rewarding and rejuvenating. We take care of all of the time consuming planning and arranging of your trip, so that you can pack your bags, hop on a plane and enjoy the benefits. To learn more, contact us today.

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