DO YOU USE ALL OF IT?
This morning I learned a staggering statistic that in all reality broke my heart. It was that Americans leave 429 MILLION vacation days unused each year!
Are these people crazy?!?!? And I can bet that most of those days come from the people who say they are saving there days up but never end up using them. What is the point of saving up vacation days if you do not have the time to take a month long vacation?? Sure you can take more mini trips throughout the year, which is great, but in all reality are you really going to take time off to use them?
Americans in general do not have the sense of adventure nor the drive to see the world the way the rest of the people in the world do. There is such huge thinking gap between Americans and Europeans and certainly Australians as those two countries promote people taking Gap years to see the world and some require it. I feel like Americans associate vacations with international travel and do not even consider roaming around domestically. You can travel anywhere your hear desires, simply take the time off and do it!
HOW CAN EMPLOYERS ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO TAKE MORE TIME OFF?
For starters, all companies should take a look at Afar Magazine to see what they offer their employees.
At AFAR, we provide 30 days of paid time off for all our full-time employees—and more based on seniority. We also provide them with a $2,000 stipend each year to travel to places they have never been. We believe in the power of travel. It’s good for the world and good for our bottom line. The best employees are those who are engaged with their work, engaged with the world, and energized by opportunities to see new and different things.
Wow!! What an amazing, amazing company....I wonder if they are hiring???
How do you feel about that? Would you be more likely to take time off to vacation if your employer provided travel perks like these or would you still let your days go to waste?
For me personally, I do get much more done and have more creative/fresh ideas after I have been out and experienced new things. Rejuvenation is extremely important because you body gets so bogged down that it significantly effects your work ability and also your general demeanor.
WHAT BETTER REASON TO TAKE TIME OFF THAN TO BE MORE PLEASANT AND PRODUCTIVE???
If you are one of the people that does not use your vacation days please, for the love of all things good, use them! If you need some motivation check out Wanderlust Wednesday post from this week to learn about how traveling makes you a healthier person.