The Up side of Down time: Vacations are healthy

Vacations are healthy signSome say that the annual #PlanForVacation Day is one of those self-serving holidays created by the Travel Industry to promote sales.  Okay, we’ll there’s surely a little bit of that there, but for years, the U.S. Travel Association has been working hard to insure and educate American workers that vacations are not only necessary but healthy.  We at the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) have personally witnessed the transformation of guests from when they enter our doors, coming right from the office with loosened ties, briefcases and cell phones in hand to when they leave, relaxed, refreshed and unplugged.  We’re with the US Travel Association that vacations are not only fun but necessary to maintain a healthy body and soul.

According to the U.S. Travel Association, direct spending on leisure travel by domestic and international travelers totaled $716.7 billion in 2017. While sorely overlooked, the travel industry is one of the largest in the country, providing 15.6 million jobs.  It’s one of the top ten industries in the USA.  And yet, Americans left a record 705 million vacation days unused in 2018. Amazingly, more than half of Americans don’t use all their vacation time.  Imagine how big the industry would be if all of those vacation days were used! More importantly, imagine how much more productive they’d be if they used more of their vacations on romantic getaways to the Distinctive Inns of New England?

Project Time Off was developed by the U.S. Travel Association to help Americans explore “the up side of down time”.   According to Project Time off, the obstacles to vacation, like pending projects and staffs stretched thin, keep employees at work, and are no match for the many benefits of vacation. Yet, what many don’t realize is that travel makes workers more productive and able to accomplish more at work. Travel provides time necessary for quality personal relationships and bonding experiences and brings new perspecRelaxing at Rabbit Hill Inntives that will inspire creativity and breakthrough thinking. In short, vacations and time off will improve performance at work, recharge the emotional batteries and might even inspire that next great breakthrough at work.

In addition, according to Project Time Off Travel has lasting benefits on your physical health and mental wellbeing.  Stress can have a life-altering impact on one’s health, standing in the way of living a content and fulfilled life.  Rather than taking meds to address stress, we join Project Time Off in recommending all our readers to simply take time off.  The next prescription you should fill is the one for your vacation.  And best of all, there’s no side effects to this prescription except happy and healthy workers. We do warn it can become addicting, but like your doctor recommends, just like taking the whole prescription, take all the time off allotted to you.

Innkeepers at Distinctive Inns of New England stand beside Project Time Off, hoping that workers will plan today or tomorrow for their next vacation.  From culinary vacations to spa getaways,  time off at any of the Distinctive Inns of New England promises to be just what the doctor….and your favorite innkeeper … ordered. Take one and you’ll feel better in the morning!

Don’t wait until the once-a-year #PlanForVacation Day to create your next healthy and relaxing getaway.  Visit any of the Distinctive Inns of New England online today and book your next getaway.

In New Hampshire:  Manor on Golden Pond in Holderness & Chesterfield Inn in West Chesterfield

In Connecticut: Inn at Harbor Hill Marina in Niantic

In Massachusetts:  Harbor Light Inn in Marblehead, Gateways Inn & Restaurant in Lenox, Deerfield Inn in Historic Deerfield and Captain’s House Inn in Chatham on Cape Cod.

In Vermont:  Rabbit Hill Inn in Lower Waterford & Grafton Inn in Grafton

Maine:  Captain Jefferds Inn in Kennebunkport & Camden Maine Stay Inn in Camden.

In Connecticut: Inn at Harbor Hill Marina in Niantic