Taking regular or occasional vacation time is a critical component to your mental and physical health and emotional well-being. Taking time to recharge also is vital to your career. It helps prevent burnout and gives you mental clarity, boosting your mood and performance upon your return.
On the flip side, not taking vacation can negatively impact your health. A nine-year study published in Psychosomatic Medicine suggests that your risk of mortality due to cardiovascular disease increases if you don't take a least one vacation day a year.
The U.S. is one of the few countries in the world that doesn't guarantee paid time off, so for the lucky 76 percent of private industry workers who get paid vacation days, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, it's important to make those days count. To plan the perfect vacation that will help you relax, recharge and be inspired, it's critical to avoid mistakes that could turn your retreat into a source of stress and anxiety.
Check out these tips that will make planning your vacation as smooth a process as possible.