1. Because You Just Never Know
Not to be morbid but let’s face it, we don’t know when it will be “game over”. Bucket lists are fine but if all you do is fill it up and never redeem what’s in there, all that you have is a bucket full of wishes. If travel is in your proverbial bucket, pick a date and start making plans. There’s no time like the present!
2. You’ve Earned It
Chances are you’ve worked hard to get to where you’re at. But what is it worth if you don’t enjoy it? Here are some revealing stats: 86% of private industry employers provided paid vacation benefits in 2012. 1. And yet, studies indicate that 40-60% of employees with paid time off don’t use it all. Travel and vacations provide a lifetime of memories as well as many other benefits. Eligible time off represents earned assets that should be claimed just as you would with monetary benefits.
3. Bargains Abound
Deregulation of the airline industry in 1978 paved the way for lower fares by allowing airlines to compete and establish their own routes. Adjusted for inflation, today’s cost of travel by air is only about 10% of what it was 60 years ago. Aircraft design has also improved providing greater performance, fuel efficiency, and overall carrying capacity, all of which translates into a lower cost per seat. You can go further and get there faster for much less money today than in the past.
The weak economy of the past several years has resulted in an overall reduction in travel. This means that most businesses dependent upon travelers for their success are hungry for yours. Shop around for bargains in everything from airfare and cruises to hotels. Chances are, you’ll find some real deals, especially if you can be flexible with your schedule or destination. Spontaneous travel on short notice can sometimes yield fantastic opportunities as vendors work to put feet in seats and heads in beds that might otherwise go vacant.
4. The Family Isn’t Getting Any Younger and Neither are You
Baby boomers take note:
In the year 2000, 97 million U.S. residents were over 45 years of age representing 27% of the total domestic population. By 2011, those numbers rose to 120 million residents representing 39% of the total U.S. population. 2. We’re all getting older and the kids are too. It won’t get any easier to find the time as the children grow and their lives get busier. They’ll never be at this age again. Commit to at least one annual family vacation. Trust me, you won’t regret it.
5. It’s Good for You (and Your Employer)
Common sense tells us that working too much contributes to burnout, lower job satisfaction, and ultimately, declining work quality. Studies have shown a direct relationship between overwork and health problems. Consider this: The risk of depression for women not taking vacations increases two to eight times and the risk of heart disease increases by 50%. Men don’t fare much better risking a 30% increased chance of death by heart attack by not taking vacations. 3. It’s enough to make you sick. Do something about it: Take a vacation. Start planning it today.
1. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
2. U.S. Census Bureau
3. John DeGraaf documentary- Running out of Time