Why Vacations Are More Important Than Ever Before

Why Vacations Are More Important Than Ever Before

Americans are planning to take less summer vacation this year, which is not so great for their mental health or for their employers. Taking a vacation has lots of benefits, in fact numerous studies have shown workers to be much more productive, creative, and produce better quality work when they DO take a break.  But if you can’t afford a vacation trip or your work won’t let you take a vacation right now – there are ways to feel like you are on one even if you don’t go anywhere. A new Expedia survey finds:

  • 93% of people say traveling is good for general well-being, while 91% say it helps with stress and anxiety.
  • Another 86% say it improves people’s attitudes, and 83% say it switches us off from work.
  • Because of COVID-19, 28% of workers are expecting to take less vacation days this summer than last year.
  • 37% want to save their vacation in the hopes they’ll be able to travel later in the year.
  • 25% of workers say their employer has been encouraging them to take time off, while 9% say their bosses have actually discouraged the taking vacation.

But what can you do to get that “vacation” feeling without actually traveling, especially now when a lot of folks don’t feel comfortable or safe doing so? Well, the survey finds the most effective ways to evoke a vacation state of mind without physically traveling, include:

  • Talk to friends and family about a vacation/vacation memory, especially those you traveled with (90%)
  • Look at photos and videos from your trip (89%)
  • Share memories with those you’ve traveled with (88%)
  • Wear clothes (76%) and use souvenirs you bought on vacation (76%)
  • Listen to music that reminds you of the vacation (66%)
  • Start planning your next vacation (62%)
  • Cook the local cuisine or a meal that reminds you of a past trip (52%)

Source: Expedia