Hi everyone. My name is Caroline and I run the blog The Caro Diaries. I’m 18, and a lover of all things preppy. Aside from my obsession with stripes and monograms, I looooove the beach. That being said, I’m an island girl (no, not at heart – I literally live in the Caribbean). Being so close to the beach and the warm weather always reminds me how lucky I am to have a vacation practically 15 minutes away.. especially when times get hard.
Think to yourself, when’s the last time you took a vacation? A real vacation – like bags packed, phones off and nothing but relaxation for a few days. If you can’t even think of the answer, then that was too long ago! Summer’s here, and for most of us (whether we’re in university, living on our own or happily married), we’re probably working everyday. I always complain that I’m so stressed out, or have a headache, or my back has so many knots that a sailor called, and all I think is how nice it would be to go on vacation and get away.
Unfortunately getting away isn’t as easy as we want when we have a job, kids or a blog to upkeep, and it’s even harder when we crunch the numbers to figure out where we can go and what we can afford. Unless you’re Kim Kardashian, I think everyone worries about expenses on vacation (and if you don’t have to, then I’m insanely jealous!). But it’s about time we stop putting it off and finally take the plunge and go on vacation. I’m not telling you to go to Greece for two weeks, or backpacking across Africa. A vacation can be down the road at your local beach/pool, at a spa, or the town right over, or it can be a weekend in another state, on a small island somewhere, or on a complete different continent! The point is, we all deserve to get away sometimes. Here are 8 reasons you should consider taking a vacation this summer:
1) The Weather: It’s 80 degrees outside, the beach is practically calling your name. On the other hand, if the weather outside is frightful, what better reason to pack up and get a tan or explore a new setting for a week?
2) You’re stressed: Now you’re probably thinking this is a reason to stay, because you have sooo much work to do and not enough time, but really, this is more of a reason to pack up and go! If your job can’t survive without you for a week, then you definitely aren’t being paid enough! Taking a week off does wonders for your stress, and takes ten years off your face!
3) Revamp your relationships: If you and the hubby or significant other haven’t been spending enough time with each other because of work or responsibilities, then a vacation is the perfect way to take a break from the hustle and bustle that’s straining you in the first place. If you’re single, what better way to have a girls week than by doing it away from home – tanning on the beach with a margarita sounds awesome to me right now!
4) Vacation Promotes Creativity: A change of pace and a change of scenery is always a great way to be inspired! By spending a week in a new place, you see new things and meet new people along the way, inspiring you to write new posts, create new ideas at work and travel some more!
5) You can afford it: Although traveling just sounds expensive, it doesn’t have to be. The newest trend is staycations – staying to get away. If you can’t afford a week somewhere right now, start saving, and turn off your phone for a few days in the mean time. You can relax at home, lock yourself in your room with some movies, or go to a local spa and treat yourself.
6) Back to your childhood: Going on vacation can be like going back to when you were a kid – you don’t have much responsibilities, and you can play when you like, eat what you want and sleep when you want (okay, maybe not a kid – but a teenager!) You don’t have to worry what a little too many glasses might do, and you definitely won’t have to worry about running into your boss!
7) Improves your mental health: Vacations work on more than just your tan, they also help your mental state! A study by the Wisconsin Medical Journal discovered that women who frequently took vacations were less likely to become depressed, tense, or tired. Women who rarely took vacations were more likely to have stress at home and sleep less.
8) Your mother’s cousin’s brother’s aunt’s nephew’s granddaughter’s husband’s sister-in-law says so: Seriously, if they all said so, you have to do it!