The U.S. Travel Association estimates more than 768 million vacation days went unused last year. How many vacation days did you forfeit last year? And what can you do to keep that from happening again this year?
First and foremost: Start planning! And if you need a little motivation to get started, why not start here.
5 Reasons Why Taking a Vacation is Good for You
- Elevated happiness. Researchers in the Netherlands conducted a study in which they measured the effects taking a vacation had on a person’s happiness. Expectedly, they found individuals reported a boost in happiness during their travels. Somewhat unexpectedly, they found the biggest spike in happiness occurred during the trip-planning stage. The study showed the effect of vacation anticipation boosted happiness for a full eight weeks! Imagine knowing that you’ll soon pass through the gates of Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari, ready to brave some of the country’s top roller coasters (or Cheetah Chase, the world’s first launched water coaster, coming this summer).
- Reduced stress. What does your day-to-day schedule look like? Probably pretty busy. The American Psychological Association has found that vacations can reduce stress in an individual simply by removing them from their daily situations (work, school, responsibilities). Best of all, vacationers often report feeling stress-free weeks after they return to their routine. So why not treat your stress with a little retail therapy at Evergreen Boutique & Christmas Shop, Santa Claus Christmas Store, and Santa’s TOYS!
- Increased productivity. You may wonder how being away from work could possibly make a person more productive. A psychology professor in Germany found that neglecting to take regular time away from work can lead to burnout. But by taking even just a short getaway, workers report feeling more productive, engaged, and excited to return to their jobs. Make your next short trip a wine weekend and relax and sip at Monkey Hollow Winery & Distillery and Pepper’s Ridge Winery.
- Improved sleep quality. The reasons why a person may have trouble sleeping are varied. Common causes include being unable to “shut off” one’s brain, late or unpredictable work hours, and screen use before bed. Vacation time can help an individual shake up these sleep-interrupting habits and “reset” sleep patterns. And this area has some great lodging choices—from hotels and motels, to cottages, cabins, and campsites—so you should have no trouble catching some z’s!
- Strengthened relationships. With jobs, school, after-school activities, and other responsibilities, most families are overscheduled and struggle to spend time together. A report by The Washington Post shows that the amount of time families spend together isn’t nearly as important as what you’re doing with that time together. That’s why family vacations are so important … it’s a time for valuable, uninterrupted bonding and the chance to create memories that last a lifetime! You’ll find plenty of memory-making opportunities in this area: swim, boat, and hike at Lincoln State Park, hit the trails at Santa’s Stables, or take the Avalanche frozen hot chocolate challenge at Santa’s Candy Castle.
Bottom line: You’ve earned your vacation time, and you should use it. Santa Claus, Indiana, and the sites throughout Lincoln’s Indiana Boyhood Home are waiting to welcome you to experience the magic and history of the area.