By AAA Travel Editor Frank Swanson
October 25, 2019
We all know that taking time off and getting away from work is good for us, so why do so many Americans not do it? In a recent survey from the U.S. Travel Association, even those who did take vacation often failed to use all of the time they had earned. In 2017 Americans forfeited 705 million days of their vacation.
Perhaps we need to remind ourselves that there are real health benefits to leaving behind our 9-to-5 workaday lives. According to that same survey, those who travel using all or most of their vacation time end up being 56% happier with their health and well-being than those who use the least amount of their vacation days to travel.
Taking time off to be more active, breathe fresh air, experience new things and to pamper yourself can help you de-stress and recharge. Even just planning a trip can keep you motivated and upbeat by giving you something to look forward to.