Don’t Leave Your Vacation Days in the Bank

Sponsored by Royal Caribbean International

Are you feeling tired, stressed out and worn down by the daily grind? You’re not alone. According to MarketWatch, 53 percent of American workers are feeling burned out by their jobs.

Most of these employees could really use some time off, but for one reason or another, they aren’t using their vacation days. In fact, according to Forbes, less than 25 percent of American employees are taking all of their eligible days off. The result? Approximately 200 million vacation days that can’t be rolled over are allowed to just evaporate.

The Importance of Taking a Break

Perhaps, you struggle with taking time off from your job because you don’t want to be perceived as a slacker. Or, maybe, you’re afraid that if you did take a vacation, your boss might think you’re expendable or not a team player. The truth is that you might actually return from a vacation as a better employee.

The following are just a few of the reasons why taking a break from the daily grind is so important:

  • You’ll be happier and, thus, you’ll probably be more pleasant to be around. A study conducted by Erasmus University in Rotterdam found that individuals who took time off were happier than those who didn’t. This increased happiness usually began with the person’s anticipation of going on vacation and then lasts for approximately two weeks after their return.
  • Vacations can help relieve the chronic stress you feel at work by giving you an opportunity to rest and recuperate. According to Psychology Today, it’s possible that after a vacation, you’ll return to your job feeling renewed and “ready to take on the world again.”
  • Taking time off is good for your heart. Stress is one of the major contributing factors for heart disease and high blood pressure. So taking off time from a stressful job could actually help prevent heart disease. In fact, studies have shown that men who take frequent vacations were approximately 32 percent less likely to die from a heart attack. As for women who vacation regularly, that figure rose to 50 percent.

The Issue for Many: Vacation Planning

Vacations may be good for relieving stress. But in a recent study, one out of eleven people said that they found the act of planning a vacation to be more stressful than arranging a wedding.

For these people, the thought of choosing a destination and then figuring out the logistics of how to get from Point A to Point B was just too daunting and time-consuming. Fortunately, there is a vacation choice that requires very little effort to book — the cruise.

Why a Cruise?

Not only are cruises easy to book, but they also offer you the following advantages:

  • You’ll only have to unpack your bags once; but you’ll get to visit multiple destinations. On the other hand, if you were to stay at hotels and travel between different destinations, you would have to pack and unpack multiple times. You would also have to arrange for transportation, such as flights, transfers or a rental car to take you from one location to another.
  • Almost all of your meals and entertainment are included in the price of a cruise. So you won’t have to worry about where you’re going to eat or finding ways to entertain yourself, plus you’ll find the complimentary Adventure Ocean Youth program on all Royal Caribbean® ships.
  • Family-friendly options. Most ships, especially ocean-going vessels, offer exciting activities for the entire family. Royal Caribbean ships, for example, boast a slew of amazing activities and attractions, including rock climbing walls, ziplines, bumper cars and roller skating rinks. Want to enjoy a little alone time with your spouse? No problem. Many ships also offer kids clubs where you can drop your children off for the day.

Enlist the Help of a Travel Agent

If you aren’t sure which ship or itinerary to choose, reach out to a travel agent that specializes in booking cruises. In most cases, you won’t have to pay anything extra for an agent’s service since they typically earn a commission from the vendors they work with. And because agents are often aware of special deals and packages, they can save you money.

A travel agent can also book your transfers and any pre- or post-trip accommodations that you might need. In fact, if you work with a travel agent, your biggest worry will be figuring out what to pack in your suitcases.

Experience more of the world, discover new places and create new memories with a cruise vacation.