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Why you should take a holiday

Eleven per cent of people in the UK have taken fewer holidays recently due to fears about their work and the economic situation, but this can be bad for you. We look at how people are getting away and why they should do it more often.

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WHY YOU NEED A HOLIDAY


Eleven per cent of people in the UK have taken fewer holidays recently due to fears about their work and the economic situation. But not taking a break can take a toll on your health, piling on stress and tension with little relief. We break down how people are getting away, and why they should do it more often.

VACATION AROUND THE WORLD

The average number of given vacation days vary by company and country, and in some countries, workers aren’t using all of the days they’re offered — though, they should be.

 

 

Days Given

Days Taken

UK

25

25

United States

14

12

Germany

30

28

France

30

30

Italy

28

21

Spain

30

30

Norway

25

21

Sweden

25

25

Denmark

30

30

Australia

20

15

Canada

16

15

 

HOW UK RESIDENTS GET AWAY


Not surprisingly, people in the UK (along with most of the world’s population) prefer to go on holiday during the summer, and beach vacations by far the most popular.


Preferred Time of Year for Holiday
49% Summer
23% Fall
15% Spring
12% Winter
* Due to rounding, figures do not total 100.

Preferred Holiday Type
37% Beach
20% Romantic
14% City
11% Outdoor with exercise
5% Theme park
3% Food and/or wine tour
1% Gambling
9% Other


WHEN WORK GETS IN THE WAY


For those who don’t use all their afforded days off, scheduling and money issues top the list of reasons why. And even when we do get away, not all of us are able to leave work behind.

Reasons People Don’t Use All Vacation Days
20% Don’t schedule far enough in advance
19% Can’t afford it
11% Work is my life
8% Can get paid for unused days
8% Important work decisions will be made without me
6% May be perceived negatively at work
3% Vacation negatively affects spouse or family member’s job
44% None apply
*Respondents were able to choose more than one response

When People Are Able to Leave Work Behind and Fully Relax on Vacation
55% As soon as I leave on vacation
14% The moment I reach my destination
20% After a day or two of vacation
2% When my vacation is more than half over
10% I’m never able to leave work behind
* Due to rounding, figures do not total 100.

WHY YOU SHOULD TAKE TIME OFF


To Enjoy Life More
Those who vacation regularly can enjoy a host of benefits. The people who are lucky enough to vacation frequently also happen to be forntunate in other ways.

>> People who have more leisure activities (including holidays) usually also experience the following:
- Report greater life satisfaction
- Have found greater meaning in life
- Report a large network of support from family and friends

To Ward Off Depression
No doubt, a few days away from work can do wonders to relieve stress. But the effects are much more pronounced for women who take leave.

>> Women who holiday frequently (at least twice a year) are less likely to be depressed, tense, or tired.

>> Women who rarely take time off are more likely to have stress in their home life and sleep less.

To Be More Productive
Taking a mental break and checking out from the day-to-day stresses of work can actually help you work more effectively once you’re back in the office.

>> 34% of workers report feeling better about their jobs and being more productive after going on holiday.

To Live Longer
Some studies even link more frequent holidays to longer life. Reduced stress and tension could play a role in vacations’ longevity-related benefits.

>> In a study of men who were at risk for heart disease, the more frequent vacations that men took, the longer they lived.

>> In another study, men who took regular annual vacations cut their risk of death by 20%.

SOURCES: GUARDIAN.CO.UK, NPR.ORG, USATODAY.COM, MYVACATIONLADY.COM, EXPEDIA.COM

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http://www.guardian.co.uk/worklifeuk/poll/work-life-uk-is-having-a-holiday-becoming-a-luxury-poll - 11%
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=111887591 live longer
http://www.myvacationlady.com/2010/7-health-benefits-of-taking-vacations/ - 20% less death risk
http://traveltips.usatoday.com/benefits-taking-vacation-1755.html productive
http://media.expedia.com/media/content/expus/graphics/other/pdf/vacation-deprivation-fact-sheetnov2011.pdf


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