You need a vacation, and here’s why
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With summer approaching, it’s time to start planning that next vacation.

Now, if the question is whether to visit a big city or a small town, that topic has been covered. Click here for an answer to that age-old dilemma.

If you’re debating whether you actually need a vacation, let’s go out on a limb here and say, “yes.” Just consider what St. Augustine once said: “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”

So start reading.

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But, just in case you need more proof a vacation is exactly what the doctor ordered, here are 10 reasons.

1. Work is stressful

Odds are good the old inbox is stuffed with requests, reports and other necessary evils that come with any job. While it’s easy to get lost in the monotony of the nine-to-five grind, a vacation is a perfect excuse to break out of the rut and spice up life.

2. It’s oftentimes paid

According to the Economic Policy Institute, about a quarter of American workers do not receive paid time off. The rest of the working stiffs out there have no excuse for not taking vacation days.

However, a recent survey from Alamo Rent A Car found that 41 percent of people who receive paid vacation leave paid time off on the table, and two out of five said they left five or more vacation days unused in 2015. Why? Hit the road!

3. It broadens horizons

Mark Twain once said:

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness. … Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetation in one little corner of the earth for all one’s lifetime.”

That pretty much sums it up.

4. It’s good for the economy

Tourism is often a driver of the economy. You’re a patriot. So, why not show off that patriotism with a selfie taken on the rim of the Grand Canyon?

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5. You can see the world’s famed attractions

Despite the emergence of photo- and video-sharing sites, there is nothing like seeing the great sites in person. Just think about how much better the “floating” torii gate at Itsukushima Shrine in Miyajima, Japan, is compared to its counterpart in EPCOT at Walt Disney World. There’s really no comparison. Go see the real thing.

6. It has health benefits

Research from the Global Coalition on Aging and Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies a couple years ago found traveling can reduce the risk of heart troubles and depression. It’s probably no surprise that 80 percent of people said traveling improves their general mood and outlook toward life.

7. It helps build a new perspective

“The use of travelling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are,” author Samuel Johnson once said.

Sometimes we’re so deeply stuck in our own routine that it’s hard to see the proverbial forest for the trees. Let it go, and allow traveling to change that.

8. It re-energizes those creative juices

Sometimes, when staring at a problem for too long, it’s good to go for a quick walk around the block. If that is good to break up a mental logjam, just think what a trip to some exotic destination will do. Plus, everyone is more creative after a few mojitos on the beach.

9. It’s good for relationships

Many experts say travel actually benefits relationships. That’s true for both professional and personal relationships. Why not hit the reset button?

10. Vacation shaming is real

A recent survey from Alamo Rent A Car shed new light on a disturbing trend. Apparently, vacation shaming has become prevalent in the American workplace, particularly among millennials. Frankly, you’re probably going to be shamed at work for something. Why not at least have that travel experience go along with the heaping of shame? Feeling a little cheeky? Use a photo that you took of the Leaning Tower of Pisa on your computer’s desktop and really rub that vacation in your co-workers’ faces.

Todd DeFeo About the author:
Todd DeFeo is a writer, marketer and wanderer. Follow Todd on Twitter and check out his blog, The Travel Trolley.
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