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October 4, 2017 Vietti0

It’s easy to get wrapped up in life. From the pressure of work to family obligations, most of us are so busy that we barely notice how quickly time is passing. We’re getting ready to enter a time of year that’s especially full, but before you lose yourself in holiday bustle, consider the benefits of taking a break from it all.

For instance, did you know that there are actual health benefits from taking a break? Studies have shown that vacations might decrease the risk of heart disease. One study found that men who didn’t take time off over the span of several years were 30 percent more likely to have heart attacks. Women had similar findings that showed how those who took infrequent vacations were more likely to have a heart attack when compared to women who took vacations yearly.

Studies also indicate that vacations can help you fight off illness. This is because chronic stress reduces the effectiveness of your immune system. Vacations, however, are a great break from the stress and pressure of everyday life. This study also found that vacations can fend off depression, improve relationships, and offer other positive mental benefits.

Vacations can also improve your work performance. In fact, if you look at the overall productivity of countries that have very generous vacation policies, you’ll see they outperform the United States. This link between downtime and increased work performance isn’t surprising, really. Most of us know intuitively that a bit of a break makes it easier to be focused, be creative and be productive.

So with so many benefits, why would you not want to book a getaway today!


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July 6, 2017 admin6

Do you hear the call of the open road? A road trip can be a great way to explore, clear your head, and enjoy a bit of freedom. It’s also an affordable way to take a mini-vacation over a long weekend. If you have a preschooler, however, you might think your days of road trips are  behind you. With a little planning, however, you can still enjoy the freedom of the winding road.

First and foremost, be sure to set reasonable daily goals. Taking a road trip doesn’t have to mean logging as many miles as possible in a single day. If you have a preschooler, you’ll want to take plenty of breaks and allow enough time to rest each night. You might not get as far, but you also won’t have to deal with a fussy little one.

Next, remember to factor in entertainment. Keeping your preschooler entertained and engaged will help them see the fun in road trips. Print maps to color, pack binoculars that they can use, take pictures, and document your adventure. This will keep everyone happy and instill a love of adventure as well.

A hungry kid is an unhappy kid, so be sure to pack plenty of snacks. Include their favorite treats along with items that are more substantial. Make it more fun by putting surprise foods in brown bags that you give them when they complain about a rumbling tummy. This is an entertaining way to cure hunger.

And don’t be afraid to use technology to your advantage. You can take pictures and make videos along the way, track your trek on GPS, or watch a favorite movie when it’s time to take a nap. Your youngster will like the distractions and you’ll enjoy a bit of quiet time.


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June 2, 2017 admin2

Planning a vacation can be fun, but more often than not it is a stressful and frustrating experience. If you’re planning a vacation for your family, this can be compounded by trying to create a vacation that will please everyone.

While there is no secret to making everyone happy, there are some steps you can take as you plan to make the entire process easier. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Pre-Planning

Ask everyone for not only their ideal vacation, but a few alternatives that would make them happy as well. This gives you a Plan B should you need some flexibility while planning. Having a fallback position for everyone will also help you gauge where their priorities really are.

As you plan

Before you book anything, come up with an itinerary of your trip. Include any activities you’re planning along the way, and let everyone take a look. Seeing everything laid out makes it easier to imagine what the trip will really be like. This also gives everyone a second chance to weigh in on plans before you’ve made any commitments.

Consider free time

Sometimes family members have diverse interests that can’t really be addressed in a single outing. If this seems like your family, consider scheduling some free time for individuals to explore. For instance, if your spouse likes golf but you and the kids want to spend time at a water park, split up for part of the day and enjoy. There’s no rule that says you have to do everything together.


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