According to Caribbean Travel and Life Magazine (which I have never subscribed to but somehow shows up at my house monthly), 448 million vacation days went unused by American employees in 2010. 448 million vacation days. Unused.
We Americans need more joy in our lives. More rest. And clearly more vacation. What’s going on here? Perhaps the word “vacation” needs to be looked at more closely, adapted- if you will- to meet more people’s needs. It’s always great when a vacation involves plane tickets and beaches but if we can’t swing exotic or far away (and really, who can these days?), should we forgo the whole darn thing?
Nope. Take Your Vacation Already.
Think simple. Think recharge and rejuvenate. Think quality time with people you love. Hikes, sledding, coffee shops, browsing your local library, making a new dessert, sleeping in, luxurious baths, lunch at a favorite restaurant, window shopping, a leisurely drive, a good book, catching up with an old friend, camping on the living room floor, movies, board games, naps… The possibilities are endless (and can fit into any budget).
There’s no time like the present. Enjoy the holidays and make time for a little “vacation”, whether it’s a week, a day or an afternoon. Seek some joy! And may far fewer vacation days go to waste in 2012.