Benefits of Holidays and Vacations

As a frontline medical practitioner for over 20 years, I have been actively encouraging and motivating my patients, relatives, friends and other people to take holidays and vacations on a regular basis. Except for those people who have serious medical conditions, there are no restrictions to travel and enjoy holidays. Even the elderly, disabled or pregnant women (within 28 weeks of pregnancy) can travel as much as anybody else. The benefits of holidays and vacations are numerous, both short-term and long-term, but most people fail to appreciate the benefits. As a result, only a small percentage of people worldwide travel and harvest the benefits of holidays and vacations. Research has shown that even workers who are offered paid vacations by their organizations do not take advantage of such offers to take some weeks off their work.

In this article, I will briefly highlight some benefits of holidays and vacations.

Longer and healthier life

A recent survey conducted by the State University of New York has shown that people who take holidays regularly every year reduce their risk of early death by about 20 percent. The survey also revealed that those who did not take any holiday in 5 years faced the highest death rate risk, along with higher incidence of heart diseases. This can be explained by the fact that during holidays people are happier, relaxed, carefree, spending more time with family and loved ones, and away from the regular stressing environment. A happy relaxed life increases longevity.

Improvement in mental health

One study conducted by the Marshfield Clinic, Marshfield and published in Wisconsin Medical Journal showed that women who went on frequent vacations had lower susceptibility to depression, tiredness, or tensions and they were more satisfied with their marriages. Women who took rare vacations displayed higher stress levels in their homes, felt more exhausted and tired and slept lesser. It is without doubt that regular holidays will not just unwind people from the stress accumulated during the day to day hectic life in the short-term but also will improve the overall mental and psychological well-being of an individual in the long-term. Many researchers have shown that depression increases the chances of heart disease. Since holidays provide a break from the normal boring routine, they also help in relieving the symptoms of depression.

Revamping of relationships

The always busy, work-obsessed and chronically duty-minded culture of people of modern life has indeed taken a heavy toll not only on our physical and mental health but also on our relationships. People do not have much time to spend with their partners, children or families. As a result, there is disharmony in the family, children are not looked after well and there is increased tension between partners, which has resulted in increased number of separations, divorce and other marital conflicts. Taking regular breaks from work and enjoying holidays and vacations not only revamps the strained and estranged relationships but also renews, revitalizes and strengthens family relationships and bonds.

Improvement in self-confidence

When we travel, we encounter various types of situations and meet different kinds of people. Such encounters improve our self-confidence. It also helps improve our social skills and prepare us for unexpected or unknown.

Creative inspiration through holidaying

When we do the same thing again and again, it becomes monotonous and stereotyped. This is what has happened to us in today’s world. We have become victims of monotony that has gradually crept into our system and destroyed our creative abilities, new thinking processes, and inspirational opportunities. When we travel, we come across new situations and different environments. Such situations can induce and help develop the creativity within us.

Increase in productivity

Many studies have shown that holidays not only motivate people to work better but the relief from the monotony also rejuvenates people, resulting in higher productivity.

Seeking adventure

Holidaying is a time to pump adrenalin for many adventure lovers. This is a chance to make their dream come true and try many daring sports and adventures, such as, bungee jumping, water rafting, surfing, mountaineering and many others. Such adventures give people a sense of achievement and happiness.

Mental and psychological escape

Many people these days view holidaying as a form of mental or psychological escape. The change in atmosphere, climate, scenery, quiet surroundings, slow pace of life, and clean air is regarded by many travelers as pathway to happiness and spirituality.

Improve physical fitness, and lose weight too

Obesity has become a global epidemic. Holidays and vacations can at least induce people to do some form of exercise. They have more time and any form of physical activity (and away from TV and video games!) can help lose weight. If they can continue the same sort of exercises once they are back home, it can at least help people change their habit and lose some weight at the same time. Losing weight not only improves the physical fitness and appearance of a person but also reduces the chances of getting depression, some cancers, heart diseases and other conditions.

In conclusion, holidays and vacations not only bring joy, excitements, fun and break in the usual monotony of life, but they also have far reaching effects in the long-term including improvement in physical and mental wellbeing, longer and happier life, revamping relationships, improving self confidence and productivity, and instilling creative inspiration within us.

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How to Appeal to Holiday and Vacation Renters With Craigslist

Do you have a vacation or holiday rental house or property that you want to rent and earn extra money? With a little elbow grease and time you could easily be finding tenants and collecting rent quickly.

First you must touch up your rental property to increase its curb appeal. And clean the interior and exterior of the property to make it appealing.

Next you need to promote and advertise your house, condo, property, or apartment for rent. Promoting and advertising your rental units can help guarantee that your holiday or vacation property will be occupied by a quality renter.

You should advertise your holiday rentals wherever possible. You should stick with free sources of advertising and the best free source of advertising is Craigslist.

With online classified advertising you have the power and reach of free global advertising at your fingertips. With Internet advertising you can attract locals renters looking for a weekend getaway and international travelers looking for a temporary residence abroad.

Include welcoming information in your Craigslist classified advertisement about your holiday home and the surrounding area. This will help entice visitors and make certain that they feel comfortable and at home upon arrival.

Don’t forget to include local events, celebrations, clubs, restaurants, entertainment, or other activities near your holiday home that may interest potential renters.

In a competitive rental market, you can also include incentives in your Craigslist ad to help attract holiday and vacation renters. Tickets, gift cards, and vouchers help tie your classified ad with the local area.

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How to Have Maximum Fun During Holidays and Vacations

During holidays and vacations people generally travel far and wide to have a grand holiday trip with their family. Visiting to a new place is always a nice experience indeed and it completely makes refresh one’s mind which is filled with worries and caring. There is a popular saying that all work and no play make jack a dull boy. So, within a period of interval one must have some entertaining activities with friends and family during Holidays and Vacations. However, how to spend the holiday days depend on the choice of the person. The travel lovers will definitely opt to go outing. The persons who cannot spend much money plan to stay at home with the dear ones and celebrate the holidays inviting friends and guests.

Not only the gown ups and adults school going children also need holidays and vacations. And such is the time when they can spend more time doing their hobbies. The teenage students can join for vocational courses during school vacations. Also they can help to the household work. Most of the families who live far from their native place, pay visit to their parents and grand parents during vacations to give time and affection. These activities strengthen the bond of a family in spite of they live far from each other.

The bookworms can fulfill their desire to read books one after another during long vacations. So, there are various ways to opt how you want to spend your holidays and vacations. Whatever you do it will be naturally a pleasing one and will definitely give a good result. Fun filled recreational activities will drive and lead you to join and do the works with full energy and fresh mind. Also the days you spend together with your near and dear ones will turn into sweet memories as the days go on. So, every time look forward for the nice and splendid holidays together.

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