When you read the phrase “traveled for fun” in the title, what was your reaction? Far too many of us have to admit that we don’t travel for fun (or at least not enough). Sure, some of us travel for work reasons, but how many of us regularly take fun vacations?
Did you know that NOT taking time off can have its consequences?:
- Anxiety and stress
- High blood pressure
- Sleepiness and less able to focus
- More at risk for health challenges
Conversely, did you know that taking vacations may have the following rewards?:
- Peace of mind and contentment
- Good work/life balance
- Well-rested and more focused
- More likely to be healthy
Project: Time Off is leading a national movement to transform American attitudes and change behavior. They aim to shift culture so that taking time off is understood as essential to personal well-being, professional success, business performance, and economic expansion. According to Project: Time Off, putting our wasted days to use will not only help Americans improve their health, happiness, and careers, it will also provide a $236 billion boost to the economy.
Employers are increasingly recognizing the need for employees to take breaks so they can return to work with a fresh perspective and renewed enthusiasm for their job. Start viewing vacation time as non-negotiable (like the dentist or a yearly checkup). It’s time we start treating it as a vital part of our health and well-being.
According to Project: Time Off, North Carolinians waste 16.6 million vacation days annually, or an average of nearly four per worker. Reasons include:
- Dreading the thought of needing to catch up
- Fearing disapproval from their bosses
- Not planning ahead
- Saving it “just in case”
Traveling for fun allows employees to return to work feeling more productive, creative, recharged, and re-energized. With careful planning, employees should make every effort to take some much-needed time off. Employers should understand that there are studies that have shown that after an employee exceeds 55 hours of work in a week, their efficiency begins to drop off. Actually, it is in the best interests of employers to grant vacation time since employees will be more alert and effective at their jobs.
Where should you vacation? North Carolina is a fabulous state for vacations. With three different regions, Mountains to the West, Piedmont in the middle, and the Coast on the East, there are a wide range of activities, attractions, and amenities to choose from.
Staying at a North Carolina Bed and Breakfast Inn, travelers can rest assured that our members are regularly inspected to ensure the highest level of guest satisfaction. So ditch the plain, cookie-cutter hotel rooms and opt to stay at one of our luxurious inns with fresh, gourmet breakfasts each morning. Regularly, you should be able to say that you “traveled for fun!”