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American workers are overwhelmed. After years of being asked to “do more with less” workers are overstretched, stressed out, and exhausted. The always-on, 24/7 American work culture is taking a heavy toll, leading to 429 million wasted vacation days that completely undermine personal well-being. In fact, Americans are taking the least amount of vacation in nearly 40 years. Vacations can have significant results in boosting a person’s health and well-being.

Some of the most compelling statistics in favor of vacations revolve around an individual’s heart health. According to a recent Health Net article:

  • A study that followed 12,000 men over a nine-year period that had a high risk for coronary heart disease, found that the men who take frequent annual vacations were 21 percent less likely to die from any cause and were 32 percent more likely to die from heart disease.
  • A second study – the largest and longest-running study of cardiovascular disease – revealed that men who didn’t take a vacation for several years were 30 percent more likely to have heart attacks compared to men who did take time off.
  • In addition, women who took a vacation only once every six years or less were almost eight times more likely to develop coronary heart disease or have a heart attack compared to women who vacationed at least twice a year.

Beyond heart health, there is a case to be made for vacations helping to decrease depression, lessen stress and improve productivity. Health Net also cites other studies that find:

  • Women who vacationed less often than once every two years were more likely to suffer from depression and increased stress than women who took vacations at least twice a year.
  • Vacations work to reduce stress by removing people from activities and environments that tend to be sources of stress.
  • For each additional 10 hours of vacation employees took, their year-end performance ratings improved 8 percent, and frequent vacationers also were significantly less likely to leave their job.

It is clear and proven that consistent work without taking a break is detrimental to a person’s well being. Yet workers are still not taking all of their earned vacation days.  For a healthy lifestyle it is essential to try to vacation regularly.  Timeshare owners are great at this, since by prepaying for their timeshare they will be more likely to take a yearly vacation…resulting in increased health and wellness benefits!

Each year, research shows us that Americans are using less of our vacation days. But not taking a break can lead to stress overload and other potentially damaging effects on your health, experts say.

According to U.S. News & World Report, vacations offer the chance to relax and restore your overall well-being. But simply taking a hiatus from your demanding workday schedule isn’t enough. Traveling somewhere new can enable you to immerse yourself in new surroundings, boost your brain power and fully recharge. With this in mind here are five key reasons why taking a vacation is beneficial to the mind, body and soul.

  1. You’ll Recharge Emotionally and Increase Empathy – Vacationing – especially near the water – can help us reset your emotions and actually increase compassion.
  2. You’ll Get Back in Shape – It may seem backwards to think of a vacation as a way to increase your fitness routine, however travelers are often more active than sitting in an office chair all day. Tourists also may walk as much as ten miles a day while sightseeing in places like Europe or Disney World.
  3. You’ll Engage in New Surroundings and Eliminate Stress – according to Dr. Margaret J. King, director of the Center for Cultural Studies & Analysis, “’There are lots of psychological benefits from change of venue devoted to just experiencing the environment. With a short list of activities each day, freed up from the complexities of ongoing projects and relationships, the mind and body can reset…with stress relief the main outcome.”
  4. You’ll Wind Down and Rest Up — Max Hirshkowitz, Chairman of the Board of the National Sleep Foundation, says traveling is a great opportunity to catch up on sleep due to the already relaxing nature of a vacation.
  5. You’ll Boost Your Mood — Many studies suggest that travel can improve your emotional state. A 2014 survey conducted by Diamond Resorts International found over three-quarters of respondents reported feeling happier when they planned a trip at least once a year.

Timeshare vacations are a great way to make sure you experience all of these benefits. Timeshares are prepaid, which increases the likelihood that you won’t skip vacation! These regular vacations result in many health and wellness benefits.  In addition, timeshare offers an endless variety of vacation options with resorts all around the world and flexible programs, so that you can vacation when and where you want.

 

Spending Easter at the timeshare this year? Fresh spring flowers and egg hunts are just the beginning! Why not take a bright new, travel-sized twist on your family’s classic traditions and bring the holiday along for the ride!

Enjoy the whimsical fun of Easter right in your timeshare kitchen. Add a pop of color to your trip with these simple, two-ingredient tricks for decorating eggs—perfect for any age! Then dig in to a simple and tasty Easter brunch. We promise you’ll go back for seconds!

Decorating Eggs

Tie-Dye Shaving Cream Easter Eggs

Shaving Cream Dyed Easter Eggs
(Source: Crafty Morning)

Tie-Dye Koolaid Colored Easter Eggs

Kool-Aid Tie-Dye Easter Eggs
(Source: Kraft Recipes)

Sharpie Decorated Easter Eggs

Sharpie Easter Eggs
(Source: Mom.me)

Easter Brunch

Bunny Shaped Cinnamon Rolls

Easter Bunny Cinnamon Rolls
(Source: A Girl and a Glue Gun)

Maple Brown Sugar Crockpot Ham

Crockpot Maple Brown Sugar Ham
(Source: Life in the Lofthouse)

Ham and Cheese Scones

Ham and Cheese Scones
(Source: Baker By Nature)

Fresh Berry Bruschetta

Fresh Berry Bruschetta
(Source: Better Homes and Gardens)

 

For more tips, tricks and recipes, check out our Travel Size Easter Pinterest board! pinterest logo

 

 

 

 

The March 2016 issue of Consumer Reports delves into whether timeshare vacations are a good value.  They examine the costs of vacationing at the Disney World Polynesian Village Resort in Orlando, Florida from two perspectives: renting and owning.  They find that after a certain number of years, owning a timeshare pays off.

Read the full Consumer Reports article.

In a sister article, “The Timeshare Comes of Age,” Consumer Reports reviews the changes the industry has seen through the years, including becoming more consumer-friendly and transparent.  The article talks about the appeal of timeshare for a younger demographic and what to consider if you are thinking of buying.

Consumer Reports serves consumers through unbiased product testing and ratings, research, journalism, public education, and advocacy.  This kind of unbiased assessment of timeshare is a testament for this type of better vacationing.

Have you ever gone on vacation, opened up your suitcase and realized you forgot something? Figuring out what to bring can sometimes make or break your vacation. | Vacationbetter.org

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Have you ever gone on vacation, opened up your suitcase and realized you forgot something?  Figuring out what to bring can sometimes make or break your vacation.

Whether a winter vacation means outdoor activities like skiing, snowboarding or sledding or playing family games huddled together around a fire, take a few minutes to make a list of items that would help make your vacation great.

For timeshare vacationers, a packing list is about creating a cozy atmosphere for your entire family! Here are five items to add to your suitcase:

  • Slippers. Slip your feet into a comfortable pair of slippers on lazy mornings or after a tiring day of outdoor activities. It instantly makes your timeshare feel like home!
  • Robe. It’s easy to forget a robe but it adds such a cozy touch when you tuck it into your bag…
  • Favorite spices. Most timeshare kitchens have the basic spices, but bringing a few of your favorites mean you have them if you need them – whether it’s nutmeg for egg nog or cinnamon for French toast. Put a tablespoon of each in a Ziploc bag – it takes up very little space!
  • Freshly brewed coffee. Adding a bag of ground coffee to a corner of your suitcase will surely make you happy the morning after you arrive!  It will save you from making a trip to the grocery store when you first get there.
  • Favorite book. Timeshare accommodations usually mean quiet space for everyone.  Take advantage of the time and space to get into that book that has been laying on your nightstand for weeks. Just don’t forget to pack it!

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What is on your list of “must-haves” to take on your winter vacation with you?  www.vacationbetter.org

As we wrap up another year, many of us begin to think about what we might do better next year – to get healthier, spend more time with our families, or even just be more relaxed.   There’s one resolution we can all make that should be easy to do.  Take your vacation time!  All of it.  You’ve earned it and you deserve it!

But, that’s not happening.  According to Expedia.com’s Vacation Deprivation study, Americans were given 15 days off this year, but the only took 11.  This is even worse than 2014.  We are not moving in the right direction.  In fact, 53% of Americans feel they are “somewhat or very” vacation deprived; understandable, as Americans take about half the number of vacation days as their peers worldwide.

But, when looking at timeshare owners, it’s a different story.  A recent survey of over 1,000 vacationers conducted for the American Resort Development Association (ARDA)* by research group Leger shows that an impressive one third of timeshare owners took four or more vacations in the last three years, compared to only 18 percent of non-owners.

They are taking their vacations because they are pre-paid, they are easy to plan and owners know when they arrive at their resort destination, they will have a great vacation.  So, in 2016 make it a priority to use all of your vacation time.  And learn more about timeshare as a better way to vacation.

* 2015 Leger omnibus survey

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Vacations are meant to be fun, and sometimes, they can be a little too fun. Especially when celebrating the holidays or special occasion. But don’t let an excess of fun ruin your whole next day! We’ve compiled a list of go-to tips for kicking that holiday hangover and getting your vacation back on track.

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate. Hydrate with anything and everything you can all day long—water, sports drinks, soup broth or even pickle juice—the salt and electrolytes are what will bring you back to life and get you back out the door. Coconut water has become increasingly popular recently because of its supercharged hydrating qualities and electrolytes.

Eat a banana. The potassium helps combat the dehydrating effect of alcohol.

Ginger tea. Upset stomach? Ginger has natural stomach-settling qualities.

Eat breakfast. Your best bet is eggs, which are high in cysteine, which helps your body process the toxins in alcohol. Tomatoes have lots of vitamin C (which you’ll be lacking), and if you can’t face a full plate, drink a smoothie (with lots of fruit) to up your blood sugar and replenish at least one or two nutrients you might have lost the previous night.

Go back to bed. Seriously—you’re on vacation! Sleep in a little. Sometimes just an extra hour is all you need. And don’t be afraid to take a nap later in the day. You may not want to miss out on anything, but you’ll miss out on less if you’re feeling recovered.

Not sure what you can pack for the plane? Check out our list of easy, “no-fridge” snacks that are perfect for your holiday travel. | VacationBetter.org

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