Value of Vacations!!! By W.J. Vincent II

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So the reality is, people are not taking vacations.  Take it from a widowed father of 2 biological children, 2 essentially adopted children, and a mother in law with multiple sclerosis, life is far too short to be skipping vacations.  I have seen way too many people wait for a better time, and end up losing 10 or 20 years, sometimes more, waiting for that right time.  Trust me when I tell you, finding balance is one of the greatest accomplishments any of us can achieve in this lifetime.  How are you gonna do that, if you never take a break?  Check out the article below, and if you are one of the 56% who have not taken a vacation in 12 months….make sure you are not on this list next year…or even better…ever again!  Sincerely, WJ Vincent II


Article below from Yahoo Travel, here is the direct link if you prefer



More than half of Americans have not taken a vacation in 12 months or more. Have you? (Photo: iStock)

Not using your vacation time? You’re not alone.

According to a new study, 56 percent of Americans (135 million) have not taken a vacation in 12 months.

Related: Why Americans Must Slow Down and Travel to Have Better Lives

What exactly does qualify as a vacation these days?

According to  the Vacation Confidence Index, an annual report from Allianz Travel Insurance, a vacation is a trip that lasts for a week or more that’s at least 100 miles from home. That’s about the distance between Los Angeles and San Diego, or halfway between New York City and Washington D.C. Fifteen percent of Americans haven’t taken a trip like that in 7-12 months, while 16 percent say it’s only been 3 months, the data shows.

Americans are taking the least amount of vacation days now than they have in the past 40 years, according to another study by the U.S. Travel Association released in October. The trend is due to overworking, and some of its effects include weakened personal relationships and up to $52.4 billion lost in benefits.

Related: Didn’t Take Your Vacation Days? Good Job, You Just Helped Waste $52.4 Billion

“Americans are working more and enjoying it less, and the bottom line is, when they don’t take their time off, it’s not getting them ahead,” the U.S. Travel Association CEO, Roger Dow, told CBS.

But despite the high number of non-vacationers, 51 percent of Americans still believe they’ll be able to travel in 2015. Meanwhile 36 percent are not confident that they’ll be able to make any trips at all.

About the Author

W.J. Vincent II has spent the last 20 years of his life building businesses from start-up to success in fields as varied as Real Estate, Technology, and Environmental Health. In January 2012, Natalia, his wife of 13 years, tragically passed away, her body having given in to her short but dramatic three-month battle with a brain tumor. Her sudden passing left W.J. a widowed father of a 1-year old baby girl and 4-year old boy of his own, along with a 12-year old boy and 15-year old girl he had been helping his mother-in-law to raise due to her battle with multiple sclerosis. Faced with a challenge greater than any he had known, W.J. was able to find strength and inspiration from the Bible. There were many miracles and messages that saw him through the darkest moments of his life.

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