Travel May Be Good For Your Heart!
Many People love to travel, however, in today’s tougher economic times, money is tighter, and many people are finding it increasingly difficult to make time, take time, or get time off work.
A global study by Expedia.com found that about a third of employed Americans usually do not take all the vacation days that they are entitled to, leaving an average of three days on the table.
It is unfortunate that so many people don’t take the time that is allotted to them. Several Americans site their number one reason for not going on vacation as financial!
If plain old having fun, bonding with family, and reconnecting with a significant other are not good enough reasons to plan for that vacation in your finances, if you are a male, here is one more to consider.
In a study, published in 2000, looking at 12,000 men over nine years who were at high risk for coronary heart disease. Those who failed to take annual vacations had a 21 percent higher risk of death from all causes and were 32 percent more likely to die of a heart attack. So get planning your next vacation.
How about Sleeping Better?
Even if you don’t have heart problems, a vacation of at least one week — and preferably two weeks to really unwind — can help you relax and sleep better. Mark Rosekind, president and chief scientist at Alertness Solutions, a scientific consulting firm, has worked with NASA pilots and astronauts on sleep issues.
In 2006, he was commissioned by Air New Zealand to see if he could scientifically measure the benefit of a vacation. He asked a group of 15 people who were flying from the West Coast of the United States to New Zealand for vacations lasting a week to 12 days to wear a wrist device that monitored quantity and quality of sleep — for three days before the trip, during the vacation and three days afterward.
They kept a sleep diary and took a vigilance test to determine how good their reactions were before, during and after the holiday.
The participants were also hooked up to a brain monitor during the 12-hour flight, and other variables, like health, jobs and gender were factored in. Here’s what he found.
After a few days on vacation — and it usually took two to three — people were averaging an hour more of good quality sleep. And there was an 80 percent improvement in their reaction times.
“When they got home, they were still sleeping close to an hour more, and their reaction time was 30 to 40 percent higher than it had been before the trip,” Mr. Rosekind said.
Check out this Video…. with some great tips to get vacationing…
The Big Secret to Getting the Most Out Of Your Vacation…
The trick, these days when going on vacation, is not only to physically remove yourself from your normal routine, but mentally as well. Checking your iPhone every few hours or rushing to the nearest Internet cafe doesn’t cut it. It is vital that we disconnect and truly unwind! The quality time with those we are with will be better for it, you will be better for it, and so will your quality of sleep!
Plan A Vacation, and Take IT!
If your finances are holding you back, consider finding ways to earn additional income so you can enjoy that vacation with the kids, take your spouse on a romance retreat, or enjoy an adventure you have been wanting to pursue (hiking, white water rafting, dune buggy riding, fishing, etc). Please comment and share where your next vacation will be, why, and when you are going.
P.S. If you want to save on your vacations, learn the secrets of vacation allstars.