No Vacation Nation

A 2007 report from the Center for Economic and Policy Research dubbed the U.S. the No-Vacation Nation. The report compared the U.S. to 15 other countries, and found that the U.S. is the only industrialized nation in the world that does not mandate paid vacation. 28 million Americans do not get paid vacation, and two-thirds of those who do, do not use all of it, or take their work with them. Job issues, career paths, mortgages, debt and thorny relationships are some of the leading causes of stress effecting people around the world today. Researchers and doctors have assessed stress-related illnesses for years and the majority of them have come to the same conclusions; vacations are an essential part of maintaining good mental health as well as good physical health. Everyone needs rest and a break from the everyday so that they can revive and be at their best.

Planning short vacations is one way to make sure that you get away from work and your daily routine to help you reduce your level of stress. We are fortunate that California has so many relaxing destinations from which to choose and easy on the pocket book too. Whether it’s a one-day drive on Highway 1, or camping in Yosemite, hiking at Big Sur, or people watching at the wharf, make time on a regular basis to play and enjoy it. It could literally save your life! Commit to change before change is forced upon you.