A recent study lamented that, once again, Americans leave unused vacation days.

And it turns out that women, especially millenarian women, take even less than the average.

Given that most Americans have only two weeks of paid vacation, it’s crazy! The holidays are fun. But also, it’s good for you, personally and professionally.

Here’s why:

Experts agree that take a vacation is good for you! Learn the top 5 health benefits of traveling and give yourself a much-needed break.

1- Help your heart:

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We all know that vacations are a good opportunity to relax. For example, the Framingham Heart Study showed that women who take vacations less than one time every 6 years are 8 times more susceptible to a heart attack.

“Researchers at the Mayo Clinic believe that this is tied to simply taking a break from daily stress,” explains Sowards.

Likewise, the Prevention of Coronary Heart Diseases trial, sponsored by the National Heart, and Blood Institute found that men, with a high risk for coronary heart disease, who take frequent annual vacations are 32% less likely to die from heart disease (and 21% less likely to die from any cause!).

So, Holidays prevent burnout: humans need regular breaks to be effective.

While burnout is not just the result of the amount you work, If you experience symptoms of burnout – fatigue, stress – try to take a vacation.

If you come back better, you’ll know that you just need a break.

If you do not, you might want to look for a new job.

You do not need to worry about what you’re going to do.

Maintaining this type of discipline throughout the year can also help you balance work and family life.

Staying on your workload, clearly informing you about your team’s priorities and communicating effectively, these are all good habits that will makes you take more than two weeks of vacation each year!

2- Better your mood:

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Holiday Improves Performance:

An intriguing study found that people who take all their vacations are more likely to be promoted to those who do not.

A theory of why high-level artists are more likely to be able to complete their work in a timely manner, I see that you should take a vacation to be like them.

After a holiday, you will return enthusiastically to return with renewed energy.

Travel helps you achieve a more positive attitude because it decreases the risk of depression, it is also important to educators who need to recover and recharge their energy for the upcoming school year.

In fact, the University of Pittsburgh’s Mind-Body Center’s survey found that vacationing improves mood with an added bonus of lowering blood pressure.

And a study conducted by Marshfield Clinic found that women who took a vacation less than once every 2 years were more likely to suffer from depression and stress than women who took vacations at least two times per year.

3- Increase your productivity:

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improving mood and increasing productivity are all important for employees and students, Vacation time is vitally important to maintaining energy levels.

And research backs this up:

A study in a partnership with the Society for Human Resource Management found that employees who take vacation time are more productive in their jobs than those who do not.

vacation time lead to better performance and increase job satisfaction, so you should take a break to be more effective in your work.

any studies showed the connection between travel and the ability to think confirmed that those who take vacations are creative humans.

“One study conducted by INSEAD found that the international travelers could solve problems more easily and be more flexible in their thinking,” says Sowards.

“If a meditation camp is stretching for our bodies, then international travel is stretching for our minds.”

4- Increase your physical fitness:

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“Physical health is key to any trip (before, during and after) and a lot of people start ‘getting fit’ for their trip months in advance.

especially if they plan on hiking or doing other forms of physical activity,” says Sowards.

vacation can add more than a year to our lifespan, which means traveling isn’t just keeping you stress-free.

but also helping you extend your life as you walk, bike, canoe or whatever you may be doing.”

Even if you only have a couple of days, take a break and get out and explore.

5- Create lasting positive memories for you and your family:

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From an emotional and psychological standpoint, family vacations are the place where some of our strongest memories are made, says Denis.

In fact, the research found that 62% of adults point to a family vacation as one of their earliest memories, and many parents want to create similar memories for their own children.

many researchers prove that children always see their parents’ work hard, and six out of a total of seven children report prove that their parents bring work stress to home.

75% say that their parents are unable to stop working while they are at home, and that’s too serious third parties, “says Denis.”

We all feel comfortable when working at home, but if that will bring stress to our home we will stop it and take a break to push the stress away.

Start planning now!

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But how to plan for vacation?

There are so many options available for the holidays, so you can feel a little overwhelming when you start planning your trip.

1- you should determine where you want to travel:

There are many different destinations, so decide the type of the activities you want to do, then choose the best location.

Keep in mind that there are many things to choose from, look at historical sites, enjoy the nightlife, lounge on the beach, do shopping, etc.

Choose a good agency while choosing a rental home with a good agency, you are able to benefit from services available to you 24 hours a day. Do not underestimate that, the bad place will make your vacation very terrible.

2-In addition, you will enjoy your trip if you choose the exact correct location:

Also, this is the result of a good planning of your vacation. Believe me, you don’t want your vacation time waste a place with bad services and facilities.

Or, you will lose the big chunk of money if your villa is located on a beach without a nearby supermarket or other services.

3-Book flights and accommodations:

Once you have determined which area you want to visit, it’s time to book your flight, compare prices,  you can save money by simply looking at different websites or talking with different travel agents.

4-Also, if you want to save a little more money, be flexible when you choose your destination or travel dates.

Many times you can find discounted prices based on demand.

It’s always a good idea to plan your activities before you go on a trip.

You do not want to spend your entire vacation wondering what you are going to do! You can maximize your time by choosing the activities you want to participate in and the sites you would like to see in advance and to prepare your daily itinerary before you leave.