A “no vacation” nation?

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I started looking at the travel news, and today they had something on how America is really not taking vacations these days. And to be honest, that is hard on us travel agents because when people don’t take vacations, we can’t book them.. Yes, I know that retired people are traveling, and that there is a lot of business travel. But my heart is really to work with families. I want to help families reconnect through travel. Everything I do, whether writing thi blog, writing this book, trying to talk to more people about my business, is geared to help families reconnect through travel.

Anyway, Americans are getting less time off work than most Europeans. But the sad truth is that most Amercans are simply not taking the vacation time that they do get… We are human, and all of us need downtime. No matter how much we enjoy our jobs, work is always at least somewhat stressful. We need time where we leave the pressures of work behind and just relax with family and\or friends. We also need time by ourselves to be with the Lord.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this.


Tired of relaxing?

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It’s Friday, and it feels kind of weird and sad not to have any plans for the weekend. With the weekend before last being my Grandpa’s funeral, and then last weekend being my brother’s wedding… It’s just going to be a very different weekend. I’m hoping to get to do some things with friends on Sunday at least.

There is a new study out by Princess Cruises that shows that Americans are relaxing less and less.. And in case you’re wondering why I’m writing about this, a lot of what we in the travel industry do, and my hope is that most of my own business will be leisure travel. So hearing that most people in this country are relaxing less is kind of discouraging.. But let’s get into more of the particulars on this study. About 50% of us are now taking our vacation days and using them to do things that they need to do, like going to the doctor or taking care of errands. Is that really restful to anyone?

The interesting thing is that one third of the people that were survey actually felt stressed when thinking about relaxing. What’s that about? Around 40% feel guilty about relaxing. And one third of us are saying that it is better to live within their budget than taking time to relax… Okay, I get the thing about wanting to live within your means, but you can’t work 24/7, you just can’t.. I would love to hear your thoughts about all this.. How do you balance life and work?