Vacation. Oh, don’t you love the sound of that word? Vacation is a time when you can get away from your work life and even your personal life to take a moment for yourself. It’s the time for you to kick back and relax while the rest of the world goes on.
While vacations may seem like something everyone might want now and again, people aren’t always taking the time off. According to Nooga.com, a recently released survey shows that 35% of employees aren’t taking their vacation time before the end of the year. The survey worked with 2,700 people from 27 U.S. cities and asked them what they planned to do with their time off. While 35% said they aren’t using it at all, 43% of people said that they are just saving the time for bigger vacations.
While it may seem like workers are the only ones who are making a sacrifice when they don’t take a vacation, that’s far from the truth. The economy suffers as well. According to U.S. News, unused vacation time in 2016 cost the economy $236 billion.
Many of the workers out there not taking vacation time are also full-time mothers. Even though it may seem hard for a mom to take a vacation from her professional and parenting jobs, moms deserve time to kick back and relax. Now, this isn’t referring to the time when the kids are asleep and you get to enjoy a good book before bed. A mom vacation is referring to a time fully away from children, with or without a significant other.
There are so many benefits of a “mommy vacation.” These benefits include regaining patience that might have been lost in the parenting lifestyle, remembering who you are other than just a mom, and for spending time with your significant other. In fact, 42% of travelers say they feel more romantic on vacation.
There’s a chance that as a mother, you may be thinking you already have things at home that help you relax. Some of these things may include music, wine, or even a hot tub, of which there are more than 7.3 million in operation in the United States to choose from! But there is still more out there that you can use to help you take a break from “mommy world.”
One of the challenges one may find when they take a break from their children is they might find themselves feeling guilty. But, before you start to feel bad about spending money and taking time for yourself, don’t. It’s perfectly okay to want to get away for a little while, and it’ll help you with your sanity. A Mother Far From Home says that the time away from your little ones can actually help in the long run. The time off will help you be more prepared and more alert than you were before you left. Your vacation, whether it’s for 48-hours or four days, will only help you come back stronger than you were before.
Your career and duties as a full time mom are just as important, if not moreso, than any other profession. All of those little things piling up on one person can feel like the weight of the whole world. With that being said, you deserve time to relax and rejuvenate.
So where are you going to go this year?