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Encourage staff and managers to take their vacation time. Even a day or two of vacation can make a huge difference in employee motivation. Now is the best time to plan the summer schedule and ensure that your employees are taking those earned and deserved vacation days and Texas .

USA Today published that some 51% of executives surveyed by Accountemps, Menlo Park, Calif., a specialized staffing service for temporary accounting, finance, and bookkeeping professionals, maintain they are more productive after a vacation than before.

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"Vacation used to be a luxury but in today's world it has become a necessity." - Author Unknown

Tomorrow, my family, a couple friends, and I will leave for a beach vacation at my favorite place on the planet -- Rosemary Beach, Florida. We have made this same trip on and off for years. Rosemary Beach is idyllic for a family trip -- it's beautiful, quaint, and safe. And importantly, it is home to one of Florida's most beautiful beaches along the Emerald Coast.

To put it mildly, I love the beach. I cannot adequately describe in words why I am so drawn there. I've often thought it might be because, as science teaches us, man's body fluid is basically identical to the mineral make-up of the ocean water. As babies, we swim in the ocean of our mother's womb. Maybe man has a life-long desire to return to his earliest environment.

I love it all. The warm wind on my forearms, the smell of the ocean mixed with suntan lotion, the feel of the sand on my feet. I love the way the ocean wind dries my skin and blows in my hair. I love to think about what is going on out there -- deep in that ocean. A day in the sun brings a relaxation I cannot attain elsewhere.

On my beach vacations, I have three goals in mind. First, I want to simply enjoy what I have described above. I also treasure the time with my wife and children when we're not so busy with the obligations and distractions of our everyday lives. My wife and I can take long beach walks and have long talks. I love to ride my rented bicycle every place I need to go. I love to eat fresh seafood, sip the finest bourbon, and smoke good cigars. I will read a fun book.

My second goal will be to use some time each day to reflect on the past year. I will look at how things in my life have changed and what has remained constant. I will relish in personal victories and I also will make some resolutions for the year to come. This year, my most overriding thoughts will be about trying to live in the present moment, trying to live more mindfully, and in a more positive way. I want to slow down. I want so deeply to be a better and more positive person.

The last goal I will have is to recharge. I am mindful that my "current" needs recharging from time to time. I will rest a good bit. There will be no stress -- my most arduous task will be shaving, and my most pressing decision will be how many times a day I should hit the Sugar Shak for ice cream. I will play silly games and hopefully laugh out loud on more than one occasion. I will return home ready for another year.

Each day, I will make my marks in the sand -- my footprints. But just like every year, the ocean will soon wash them away. There will be no trace of my having been by that ocean save for the traces left in my soul; I hope this year I leave meaningful traces there.

Yes, I am looking forward to my vacation. I need it, and I'm going to enjoy it. If you can, please try to do the same for yourself. We all need time for rest, reflection, and recharging. Peace.

Copyright 2011. True Self Enterprises, Inc.

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1.  Find Cheap Flights

Your flight can be the most expensive part of your trip, if you spend some time planning and scouring the internet you can find the tickets you need at a significant discount.  If you have the ability to purchase your airfare 6 weeks in advance you will see the prices drop below the average fare.  The fare is also below average outside of the peak traveling seasons.  If you travel during the off seasons you can save money on more than just the flights.

Check multiple websites.  Many of the discount sites are owned by airlines, so their prices may be biased.  Check a few discount sites, but also check the airline’s website, sometimes they post discounts on their website only.  Airlines are also using social media to send out limited time deals.  Make sure to follow the airline’s Facebook and Twitter to get these immediately because they can fill up fast.

 

2.  Travel As Light As Possible

Airlines are starting to charge if you have more than one bag or an oversized bag. Before you pack an item, decide whether you will use it enough to justify the space it will take up.  Coordinating items with whomever you are traveling with can help save space and weight.  Two hair dryers or sets of toiletries are probably unnecessary.  Some places even provide toiletries eliminating the need to bring any at all.  If it is at all possible do not use an oversized bag.  Airlines are increasing prices for weight as well.

 

3.  Utilize Vacation Rentals

Instead of staying in a hotel you can rent a house or an apartment, which is perfect for families or if you are traveling in a group.  Many hotels limit you to four guests per hotel room.  You can find vacation rentals of different sizes that can fit all sizes of groups.  They will also have a kitchen, so you don’t have to go out to eat for every meal, which can be a tremendous saving.  Also, going to the grocery to buy snacks and drinks for the day will be much cheaper than buying snacks and drinks at your activity.  There are vacation rentals all over the world that have apartments and houses for rent for every experience from a beach vacation to a ski vacation and everything in between.

 

4.  Research Public Transportation

Using public transportation to get to your activities will be considerably cheaper than renting a car or using taxis. Each city posts routes and times on their website, check if public transportation is an option at your destination.  Public transportation isn’t only in large cities anymore.  Public transportation can now be an option in smaller cities too.

But if public transportation isn’t an option and you have to rent a car here are a few tips to help you save money.  If it is possible use a non-airport facility.  Some airport rentals can be twice the price of an agency a few miles away.  Also, picking up and dropping off your car at the same facility is much more affordable than dropping your rental off at another location. Finally, compare the weekly rate with the daily rate.  Often times the weekly rate will be lower than the daily rate.

Hopefully these tips will help you to save some money and hopefully you can use that money you saved to take another trip!  But there are many more methods to save money on vacation than what I listed here, so always be on the lookout for better deals and get creative to find more ways to save yourself money. 


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Encourage staff and managers to take their vacation time. Even a day or two of vacation can make a huge difference in employee motivation. Now is the best time to plan the summer schedule and ensure that your employees are taking those earned and deserved vacation days and Texas .

USA Today published that some 51% of executives surveyed by Accountemps, Menlo Park, Calif., a specialized staffing service for temporary accounting, finance, and bookkeeping professionals, maintain they are more productive after a vacation than before.

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You did it again, didn't you? Forgot until the last minute that birthday, anniversary, graduation, promotion, or fill-in-the-blank-here. No fear, online florists are here. No longer do you have to work in that lunch time stop at the florist shop. Now customized flowers are just a hop, skip, and click away. With the added bonus of being in an international market, most of these online florists offer same day delivery to cover up even the most forgetful patrons.

The time factor is just one of the conveniences that online florists offer over their in-store competitors. In addition to saving time and having online tracking to verify your order, you can get virtual pictures of bouquets, so you don't have to leave anything to the imagination.

There are also some online florists who offer not only national but international delivery as well.

Online florists aren't just for flowers, either. If the typical dozen roses routine won't do, order some chocolate or a gourmet coffee basket. Personalized cards and gift ideas are a feature on most online florist websites. The virtual world of flora offers a variety that your local shop just can't compete with. As the times move ahead, and faxes and email replace the post office, it would be foolish if the sentimental laboratory of florists couldn't keep up.

Holding on to the romantic notion of the local flower shop? No worries. In most cases, the order you place online will get farmed out to a local florist who will make the delivery to your loved one, colleague, or secret admiree. So the "shop around the corner" is not lost, but in the spirit of the rest of the World Wide Web, the global community has in fact come to not only your email box, your netflix queue and your office conference calls, but now also to your local flower shop.

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It has been a very old tradition to express feelings via flowers. People love to give various flowers on different occasions suiting to the relation as well as the age of recipient. Flowers are a simple of beauty that illustrates some of the best creations of nature. Generally flowers are associated with smell, and it is used in making perfumes too. However there are several other uses of flowers, they are used as gifts, or supporting element with gifts; flowers are symbol of beauty, so used in decoration purposes, and the most important and popular use of flowers are in expressing emotions. Flowers of Different Colors represent different emotions. Many flowers have important meanings attached to them, like:

1. Roses represent beauty and passion. Red rose represents intense love, pink rose represents new love whereas yellow rose is symbol of friendship.
2. Poppies are a symbol of consolation in time of death. Red Poppies are worn in some countries to commemorate death of soldiers.
3. Daisies are a symbol of innocence
4. White lotus is symbol of peace

Depending upon the purpose flowers are being used by people in all over the world. The demand of flowers is increasing day by day but the supply is limited. Due to the problem of space everybody cannot have an outdoor or terrace garden to plant flowers. So, they look for florists to cater their needs. Florists are being increasingly popular these days, and they are doing good business. One can easily find a florist in their neighborhood.

These days even several online flower shops are available dealing in delivery of all kinds of flower, not only in your vicinity but also globally. You will find that even your neighborhood florist has gone online and selling flowers online to customers. There are numerous benefits of using services of a florist. They can provide you several options to choose from not just few types of flowers. You can chose from one of the several available flowers in stock, and florist will make it customized according to the occasion. Sometime the packaging and arrangements of flowers make it more attractive and appealing. Simply services of a florist can completely change the way of presentation of your gift.


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Encourage staff and managers to take their vacation time. Even a day or two of vacation can make a huge difference in employee motivation. Now is the best time to plan the summer schedule and ensure that your employees are taking those earned and deserved vacation days and Texas .

USA Today published that some 51% of executives surveyed by Accountemps, Menlo Park, Calif., a specialized staffing service for temporary accounting, finance, and bookkeeping professionals, maintain they are more productive after a vacation than before.

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Packing for a vacation can be a maddening experience. You spend hours digging through your closets, chests of drawers, and other storage spaces looking for all the right clothes. Then comes the fun part: Trying to pack it all into a suitcase while staying under the weight limit. You surely don't want to get socked with a surcharge once you arrive at the airline ticket counter.

Throughout this mind-bending exercise, it's easy to overlook some very important steps that can help make your vacation go smoother, especially if you suffer a loss. Here are some suggestions to consider before packing your luggage.

1. Buy a backpack. Talk about versatile baggage. Forget that small piece of luggage that comes snuggled inside your main suitcase. A backpack has multiple storage compartments that secure with a zipper, and it easily stores in the overhead bins. Best of all, you can sling it over your shoulder for easy transport.

2. Store your valuables in the backpack during the flight. This will keep them in sight, but also protects them. A 35mm SLR camera and a handheld transceiver (H-T, to you ham radio ops out there), bit the dust on separate trips because I stashed them in the suitcase. Even though I wrapped them in clothing, they still got jostled enough to break. A very costly learning experience.

3. Make photocopies of your passport. Leave one copy at home or with a trusted friend. The others are stashed in your room safe. (If you don't have access to a safe, hide the paperwork in rolled up clothing.) If your passport is lost or stolen, the sooner you can provide the consulate or embassy with a photocopy, the faster you'll get a new passport. You may even consider scanning the appropriate page, and leaving that file home. Your contact there can easily e-mail the file, should that become necessary.

4. Copy any pertinent medical records and prescription information as above.

5. Record the lost/stolen number of your credit card company. Include the last eight digits of your card number for quick reference. Keep a copy in your room safe and hidden in your suitcase. (Remember that thieves are most interested in valuables and cash.)

6. Leave contact information in your suitcase. Don't rely solely on the hang tag provided by the airline or tour company. Those can tear off during flight. Stash a couple business cards inside your luggage (ditto for your backpack).

7. Buy a money pouch. These are great for storing cash and documents, including your passport. They are inexpensive and available in lots of places.

Yes, packing for a vacation can be a lot of work, but is worth it. Every moment spent carefully planning for contingencies just adds to the comfort as you are relaxing on the beach or in the pool.

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"Vacation used to be a luxury but in today's world it has become a necessity." - Author Unknown

Tomorrow, my family, a couple friends, and I will leave for a beach vacation at my favorite place on the planet -- Rosemary Beach, Florida. We have made this same trip on and off for years. Rosemary Beach is idyllic for a family trip -- it's beautiful, quaint, and safe. And importantly, it is home to one of Florida's most beautiful beaches along the Emerald Coast.

To put it mildly, I love the beach. I cannot adequately describe in words why I am so drawn there. I've often thought it might be because, as science teaches us, man's body fluid is basically identical to the mineral make-up of the ocean water. As babies, we swim in the ocean of our mother's womb. Maybe man has a life-long desire to return to his earliest environment.

I love it all. The warm wind on my forearms, the smell of the ocean mixed with suntan lotion, the feel of the sand on my feet. I love the way the ocean wind dries my skin and blows in my hair. I love to think about what is going on out there -- deep in that ocean. A day in the sun brings a relaxation I cannot attain elsewhere.

On my beach vacations, I have three goals in mind. First, I want to simply enjoy what I have described above. I also treasure the time with my wife and children when we're not so busy with the obligations and distractions of our everyday lives. My wife and I can take long beach walks and have long talks. I love to ride my rented bicycle every place I need to go. I love to eat fresh seafood, sip the finest bourbon, and smoke good cigars. I will read a fun book.

My second goal will be to use some time each day to reflect on the past year. I will look at how things in my life have changed and what has remained constant. I will relish in personal victories and I also will make some resolutions for the year to come. This year, my most overriding thoughts will be about trying to live in the present moment, trying to live more mindfully, and in a more positive way. I want to slow down. I want so deeply to be a better and more positive person.

The last goal I will have is to recharge. I am mindful that my "current" needs recharging from time to time. I will rest a good bit. There will be no stress -- my most arduous task will be shaving, and my most pressing decision will be how many times a day I should hit the Sugar Shak for ice cream. I will play silly games and hopefully laugh out loud on more than one occasion. I will return home ready for another year.

Each day, I will make my marks in the sand -- my footprints. But just like every year, the ocean will soon wash them away. There will be no trace of my having been by that ocean save for the traces left in my soul; I hope this year I leave meaningful traces there.

Yes, I am looking forward to my vacation. I need it, and I'm going to enjoy it. If you can, please try to do the same for yourself. We all need time for rest, reflection, and recharging. Peace.

Copyright 2011. True Self Enterprises, Inc.


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Encourage staff and managers to take their vacation time. Even a day or two of vacation can make a huge difference in employee motivation. Now is the best time to plan the summer schedule and ensure that your employees are taking those earned and deserved vacation days and Texas .

USA Today published that some 51% of executives surveyed by Accountemps, Menlo Park, Calif., a specialized staffing service for temporary accounting, finance, and bookkeeping professionals, maintain they are more productive after a vacation than before.

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Now there is more proof that vacations increase employee productivity and even improve overall health, as the Travel Industry Association released its conclusions from studies of data that looked at the health benefits of vacation travel.

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After the big day, newlywed couples looking to spend a relaxing and enchanting honeymoon abroad have a variety of luxurious options available when considering the best quiet islands in Thailand.

Each island offers its own fascinating local venues and attractions. With so much to consider when examining Thailand luxury villas, there are five different locations that can be highlighted as the strongest contenders for the best island in Thailand for a honeymoon. These five mini-paradises are explored below, giving special attention to the traits in each location that truly ensure a stay will fit every couple's style.

Koh Yao Noi

While commercial development on Koh Yao Noi is accelerating every year, this beautiful getaway still provides the quiet and intimate setting to spend a truly unforgettable honeymoon.

Koh Yao Noi accommodation includes a range of breathtaking resorts, including Coastal Escape. This location is easily one of the highest rated destinations for vacations and luxury stays. Coastal Escape offers a private pool with a comfortable patio, rooms with ocean views, and grounds perfect for exploring, or photography.

There are many other enchanting island refuge hotels in Koh Yao Noi to choose from, however. One that should absolutely be given consideration is the acclaimed Six Senses Yao Noi Resort. This facility offers some of the best in Thailand private pool villas, as well as generous opportunities for private indulgence and relaxation.

Ko Tao

Another Thailand island which is sure to provide a memorable stay is Ko Tao. Here, adventurous couples can dive into a day of snorkeling, or even go on a daring rock-climbing expedition.

While local attractions abound for those ready to try something new, the island is also still secluded enough to offer intimacy and relaxation galore. This makes it the perfect locale for a day of making memories, ending in a quiet evening enjoying the view and the amenities available in the various local luxury hotels.

Ko Pha Ngan

Sometimes also called Koh Phangan, this island is an excellent choice for couples looking to party hard in an island paradise in celebration of their new marriage.

Ko Pha Ngan is home to a lively festival called the Full Moon Party, which, as its name suggests, takes place on the full moon of each month. This event features electronic music and attracts over 30,000 attendees to its beach-side fun in the average month.

In addition to this attraction, Ko Pha Ngan offers some truly beautiful resorts along the coastlines, with ocean views and luxury pool villas. These provide the perfect home-base to return to after an exciting night under the full moon's glow.

Ko Samui

With over 18,000 hotel rooms reported on the island by the end of 2014, this is a tourist hot-spot buzzing with activity for the energetic couple. Ko Samui offers gorgeous retreats all over the island with coastal balcony views, pool villas, and renowned service and cuisine options.

In addition to the comfortable hotels, Ko Samui is home to several prominent cultural events. These include the Samui Regatta, which is an annual sailing tournament seeing competitors from as far away as Australia. In addition, the THA Midnight Run charity race is one of the biggest run races in Thailand, with up to 2,000 participants per race. Or couples wanting something a little more adventurous could attend the Buffalo Fighting Festival, which occurs during special times on the calendar, including New Year's Day.

Ko Chang

The natural geography of Ko Chang, Thailand's third-largest island, creates an inspiring landscape of hills and waterfalls, which are perfect for backpacking and photography both.

In addition to the flora and fauna to be admired on Ko Chang, there are plenty of local attractions to enjoy, including Wat Salak Phet. This historical temple now serves as a museum commemorating visits to the island by King Rama V.

For beach-side fun, the honeymooning couple should check out the ever-popular White Sand Beach, which is the most frequented beach on the island by tourists from around the world. If couples would like something a bit quieter, but with a unique partying flavor, Lonely Beach is a good place to find affordable accommodations and near-nightly parties during tourist season. Finally, Klong Kloi Beach offers an even quieter setting for anyone wanting to enjoy the natural beauty of the island away from prying eyes.

 

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It is almost that time again: time to reflect on the old year and bring in the new. What is your New Year's Resolution?

If you are making a New Year's Resolution, you are not alone. Millions of Americans make a New Year's Resolution. While popular goals are weight loss or to stop smoking, there may be one goal you haven't thought of before. Giving to charity—whether it’s money, donations, or your time—is a great way to kick off the new year. Besides helping others in need, giving to charity has several positives for the giver.

Even if life is going great, giving can be a challenge. Money and resources can always be spent elsewhere and finding the time to volunteer can be tricky. Despite these challenges, giving can reap personal and even financial benefits that outweigh the sacrifice.

Here are the biggest benefits of giving back this new year:

1. Make Your Brain Happy

Science may not seem to have much in common with the matters of the heart, so you might be surprised at this first benefit. Donating can activate the reward areas of your brain. A study from the University of Oregon showed that charitable actions trigger a similar reaction to drugs or other pleasurable stimuli, releasing happy chemicals including dopamine and endorphins. Another research study from the National Institutes of Health looked at participants who decided to donate a portion of $100. The people who did donate experienced a similarly positive reaction in their brains.

Instead of splurging on a new dress or pair of jeans, make a New Year's Resolution to donate to charity and enjoy the good vibes.

2. Help Others Who Need it Most

In a perfect world, there’s always a good time to give. But real life is different. There’s always a friend's birthday or big vacation to save up for. But while you are making your big plans for the new year, there will always be someone out there who could use your help.

Giving back doesn't always have to mean monetary donations. Volunteering your time and your talents can be an incredible gift as well. Do you have a knack for arts and crafts? Make a resolution to work with the kids in the neighborhood to build simple art products. Are you a musician? Visit your nearest nursing home and perform a mini-show for the residents.

There are times where it’s tricky to donate time or money. If you own a good amount of extra clothing or toys, you can donate these to your local thrift store or organization. These items are especially useful during a natural disaster when families have lost everything and need the basics to get back on their feet.

3. Be a Role Model for Friends and Family

If your New Year's Resolution is to connect better with your children, consider donating to charity. Seeing you give will set a solid example for children - think of others and help those in need. You can also encourage your children to give a portion of their allowance or go through their old toys to see what they can give away. It’s important to let your children decide on what to give so they don't feel like it’s another chore.

Tell your family and friends about your resolution to give more this year. Letting them know will help make you accountable throughout the year as well as motivate them to donate.

When you do give, make it personal. Do research and find causes important to you. Don't feel limited to giving money: your time and old items can be equally helpful to those in need.  


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Encourage staff and managers to take their vacation time. Even a day or two of vacation can make a huge difference in employee motivation. Now is the best time to plan the summer schedule and ensure that your employees are taking those earned and deserved vacation days and Texas .

USA Today published that some 51% of executives surveyed by Accountemps, Menlo Park, Calif., a specialized staffing service for temporary accounting, finance, and bookkeeping professionals, maintain they are more productive after a vacation than before.

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Switzerland’s serene beauty and mystique closeness to nature makes it one of the most romantic destinations in the world. Despite being a small country, it is counted amongst the most picturesque ones in Europe as well as in other continents. Switzerland promises an extremely enjoyable travel experience, packed with wonderful sceneries, rich heritage, and vibrant village culture. These amenities make Switzerland an extremely desirable honeymoon destination for travelers from India as well as other parts of the world. Recent years have seen rising demands for honeymoon packages to various parts of the country.

Be it the scintillating snow-capped Alps Mountains or the grand historic castles, there are numerous options of places to explore in Switzerland. For a newly married couple, there is a vast variety of options to spend quality time in each other’s company. The Swiss culture, along with the world famous Swiss chocolates, provides the best scenario for couples on a vacation. If you’re planning this intimate phase of your newly started married life in Switzerland, here are the three must-do activities that should definitely not be missed:

 

Visit to Jungfrau Region

Switzerland is famous for its profound and eye pleasing sceneries. Although the country provides a wide range of sites where stunning views can be enjoyed, the Jungfrau region definitely stands outs among them. The region displays vast snow-capped peaks of three prime mountains: the Jungfrau, the Monch, and the Eiger Mountain. One can also see beautiful green valleys and meadows in the region. Therefore, it is considered to be amongst the most scenic places in the world. Away from the populous and noisy metropolitan cities, this region provides an ideal environment for couples to cherish their private moments. Jungfrau is featured on most visited honeymoon packages for Switzerland offered by various tour companies.  

 

Participate in Local Festivals

There are numerous local festivals in Switzerland which are celebrated with joy and liveliness by the locals. Skipping these means to skip loads of fun and entertainment. These festivals, ranging from wine tasting festival to Swiss folk music, art and craft festival to wrestling events, take you up close to the Swiss culture and traditions. The Fasnacht Spring Carnival in Basel is the highlight among all the Swiss festivals. It is a three-day spring carnival which brings all locals and visitors together, with people dressed in aesthetic and colorful costumes, wearing masks and parading on the streets. This delightful festival takes place between the months of February and March. If you find planning your honeymoon during this time of the year, make sure that you visit Basel and enjoy the festivities.

 

Visit to Lausanne

Zurich, Bern and Geneva are amongst the major cities of the country.  But Switzerland is home to many other cities that are as beautiful and pleasing if not more. Lausanne is one such city, located on the shores of Lake Geneva. Lausanne is a perfect getaway from the hustle and crowd of the big cities and also provides a chance to explore the beauty and simplicity of the countryside. Here you will find old and medieval towns and markets along with stylish and modern cafes and bars. You can also choose to stay simply there and enjoy the beautiful views of Lake Geneva.

 

There are various other quaint and attractive places that you can include on your Switzerland holiday packages. The country also promises exhilarating visuals of contemporary art. Enjoying local wine and stuffing yourself with cheese will make you feel at home in this beautiful country. Availing honeymoon packages for Switzerland and its various parts is the perfect way to spend quality time with your soul mate.   

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Encourage staff and managers to take their vacation time. Even a day or two of vacation can make a huge difference in employee motivation. Now is the best time to plan the summer schedule and ensure that your employees are taking those earned and deserved vacation days.

USA TODAY (MAR 01 2007) published that some 51% of executives surveyed by Accountemps, Menlo Park, Calif., a specialized staffing service for temporary accounting, finance, and bookkeeping professionals, maintain they are more productive after a vacation than before

Now there is more proof that vacations increase employee productivity and even improve overall health, as the Travel Industry Association released its conclusions from studies of data that looked at the health benefits of vacation travel.

  • On a scale of 1 to 5, travelers rate their overall health 1 full point higher while on vacation.
  • Travelers say they get three times more deep sleep and sleep almost 20 minutes longer after their vacation.
  • Even the anticipation of vacation travel generates an increase in positive feelings about one's life as a whole, family, economic situation, and health.
  • An annual vacation can cut a person's risk of heart attack by 50 percent
  • Women who take more vacations are more satisfied with their marriages.
  • More than half of employed Americans say they come back feeling reconnected with their family after vacation.
  • Three out of four executives believe that vacations are necessary for them to prevent burnout or that vacations improve their personal job performance.
  • Travelers experience a 25 percent increase in performance on vigilance tests after returning from vacation - travelers 45 or older show a 50 percent increase in performance.
  • Two out of three executives believe that vacations improve their creativity.

Results indicate that annual vacations can improve health, quality of daily life, productivity, and commitment to family and the workplace.


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Encourage staff and managers to take their vacation time. Even a day or two of vacation can make a huge difference in employee motivation. Now is the best time to plan the summer schedule and ensure that your employees are taking those earned and deserved vacation days and Texas .

USA Today published that some 51% of executives surveyed by Accountemps, Menlo Park, Calif., a specialized staffing service for temporary accounting, finance, and bookkeeping professionals, maintain they are more productive after a vacation than before.

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Florists are people who arrange flowers and sell them to the public. If you walk along the street, you should be able to see a couple of retail florists as selling flower is quite a lucrative business. Today, many retail florists also step their feet on the Internet, creating online presence with their e-commerce websites. If you go to Google and do a search on online florists, you will see many websites that offer flower delivery to local and international locations.

There are many differences, advantages and disadvantages between an online and retail florist. One of the advantages of going to a retail florist is that they will give you a more personalized service. But, you need to spend time to go down and visit the shop. On the other hand, an online florist offers international and national delivery, with faster processing time.

Another advantage of buying flowers from an online florist is that you can get more discounts on the flowers. This is because retail florists have inventory to keep, but not the online stores. Therefore, online florists are able to lower down the retail price and pass on the saved dollars to you.

One thing to note when you are ordering flowers from an online florist is that they usually charge a processing and shipping fee. So the retail price of a bouquet may be listed at $99, but after adding the other fees, it may cost you around $110. So before you check out and make payment, be sure to check the final amount.

Also, most online florists have call centers to handle orders. The people answering the phones may not know much about flowers and arrangements. This increases the chance of misunderstandings and mistakes. In order to prevent any misunderstanding, tell the person exactly what you are ordering, by telling them the product number and other important details.

So both online and retail florists have their own advantages and disadvantages. It really depends on your needs and preference. If you are someone who don't like to travel and has little time, buying flowers from online florists is a good choice. On the other hand, if there is a retail florist just 1 minute away from your office or department, it may be a better choice to visit the shop and get a personalized service.

Last but not least, if you decide to purchase flowers online, do check out a few websites before making the payment. You should choose a site that has verified security logo to ensure that you are safe from identity theft.

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Owning a vacation rental can be a very rewarding and profitable venture. It can also be a very difficult, frustrating, and expensive experience if you don't avoid some very basic pitfalls. Some pitfalls to avoid may seem obvious, but are worth repeating. Others may be things you probably have not even considered.

I own five historic Key West vacation rentals, and I market and manage over 50 for other people. I have been in the vacation rental business since 1994, when I turned a property I owned in Key Largo, Florida into my first vacation home. Based on decades of experience, I offer below 8 of the most basic and common property pitfalls to avoid when owning a vacation home. In all the years I've been in this business, I continue to see people make the same mistakes over and over again that could be easily avoided with forethought, better planning, and some professional guidance.

While it's not pleasant to talk about the negative realities of owning vacation rentals, it is my hope that you can learn from the mishaps of others and be able to maximize the benefits of owning your vacation home. Think these through carefully before you 'take the plunge' into ownership of a vacation home.

Don't Buy the Wrong House:

Seem like an obvious statement? Well, the adage 'Hindsight is 20/20' is a good one to ponder ahead of time in this critical first step. I've seen many people 'fall in love' with a house or cottage they find while on vacation themselves, and decide it will make an ideal 2nd home and perfect rental. Be sure you 'knock the romance out of your head' and carefully consider how desirable a property will actually be perceived by potential guests and if you can afford it. First, find out what size and configuration of properties that are most in demand in the area you want to buy. For example, how many bedrooms and bathrooms do most renters seek? Do guests want historic homes, condos, cottages, studios or does it matter? Is a pool important, or a garden? Are you willing and able to make any needed renovations?

Don't forget to Make a Business Plan:

Make a basic business plan and determine if you can make enough money through your rentals to justify the purchase. Get the help of a rental professional and an accountant or financial advisor to create a preliminary plan. Learn how much you can expect to pay to operate your vacation property, and how much you can expect earn in income. Get actual or projected occupancy rates from an established local rental agency. Find out what time of year you can expect to rent your home. Is there a short tourist season, or is there a year around season? Some communities have a high demand for private vacation homes and they command excellent rental rates. But other areas have a glut of unsold homes now being offered as vacation properties, driving rental rates down too low to cover the cost of owning a 2nd home.

Don't Buy a Property in the Wrong Location or Neighborhood:

Carefully research the location, e.g., just because an extra 15 blocks from the center of town or the beach is no big deal to you, this could be too far away and a deal breaker for potential guests. In other words, make sure that the property you buy will be appealing to potential vacationers. And, what do the neighbors think about vacation rentals being operated next to where they live? This has been, and still is, a huge ongoing issue for many communities across the country. Many cities and towns are grappling about whether to allow or restrict short-term rentals. Some neighbors are vehemently opposed to the idea of a 'revolving door of tourists' coming in and out of their neighborhood. Other areas are thrilled to have tourists bringing money into their communities.

Don't Ignore Community Rules and Regulatory Agencies:

As vacation homes have become increasingly popular, many communities have created rules and regulations that restrict and govern property rentals. Contact the community licensing department where you are planning to purchase a vacation property. Find out if there are restrictions on the time and frequency you can rent your home. Find out if you need to purchase a business license or a special transient rental license. Ask if you need to have a health and safety inspection by the city, county, or state. Find out if you need to collect and pay a tourist bed tax and state sales tax. Don't ignore the rules and regulations. In some communities, code enforcement officers scan vacation rental websites in search of properties that are offered as illegal rentals. Getting caught breaking the law unknowingly can be expensive and embarrassing!

Don't Pretend You Can Avoid Renovation and Major Repairs:

Be prepared to accept the fact that owning a successful vacation home means that ongoing quality control becomes a way of life. Unless your property is located in an area where luxury and comfort are disregarded as superfluous, expect to renovate and keep your property to a high quality standard. If you want your rental to be competitive in the vacation market, expect to upgrade you kitchen, bathrooms, replace carpets, floors, decks, porches, windows, repaint, landscape, and put on a new roof when the time comes. In some locations you will need to add a swimming pool or at least a Jacuzzi. Make sure the local building department will allow you to make upgrades. Figure out a time to make needed repairs, and mark off time in your rental calendar to do the work.

Don't Under Estimate the Importance of Housekeeping and Property Maintenance:

Even after your vacation home is upgraded and operating, you must commit to ongoing housekeeping and on-call maintenance services. If you don't provide good housekeeping services and regular property maintenance to keep the property to a quality standard, you will most likely live with constant complaints. And you can expect unhappy guests who may be compelled to write bad reviews about your property on internet vacation travel logs and rental websites. A maintenance person must be on-call to fix the myriad of little things that happen in a house such as clogged toilets, mal-functioning a/c or heaters, swimming pool problems, mal-functioning internet connections, and TV remotes to name a few. The more your property is rented, the more maintenance and housekeeping you need o provide.

Don't Think Your House Can be Successful without Proper Furnishing and Staging:

A common scenario is for new owners of a 2nd home to think they can furnish their property with a hodge-podge of inexpensive garage sale items or discarded personal items. When people do this, they end up with a house that looks like a second-hand store or their own garage sale. If you have a knack for decorating, then go for it. Pick a décor style have fun. It is perfectly acceptable to have a mixture of old and new items, but in the end they all have to work together in a unified style. Buy comfortable furniture - a nice sofa and easy chairs. Choose an attractive micro-fiber fabric, its ideal for vacation homes. Make sure you provide good bed mattresses and the right bed sizes. Most travelers today want king or at least queen size beds. Buy a larger flat screen TV for the living room or den. Unless you have the know-how and the time to do these tasks, hire someone to do them for you. Many furniture stores have staff decorators who offer this service for free.

Don't Believe it is Simple to Successfully Market and Manage Your Vacation Rental:

If you've read this far, you know there is a lot more to owning and operating vacation properties than first meets the eye. With the proliferation of mega vacation rental websites, that make it easy for home owners to advertise their own property, it can seem simpler than it is. There is a lot more to this business than putting up a web page and answering email inquiries and phone calls and keeping an availability calendar. The task of writing rental contracts, collecting money, collecting and paying taxes, staying current with community licensing and rules and regulations, checking guests in and out, providing housekeeping and ongoing maintenance, dealing with complaints, dealing with property damage done by guests, and addressing unhappy neighbors can be daunting. And, I haven't even addressed the demands or creating a successful marketing campaign. In today's market it goes beyond writing good ad copy and providing quality property photos on a website. Be prepared to engage in social media such as Facebook and twitter to reach your potential rental guests.

After all is said and done, owning a vacation rental property can be a very profitable and enjoyable business if you know what you are doing. A sure way to avoid the most common pitfalls is to find and purchase a property that already has an established and successful history as a vacation rental, and hire an established locally operated agency to handle your property. http:/vacationhomesofkeywest.com

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Encourage staff and managers to take their vacation time. Even a day or two of vacation can make a huge difference in employee motivation. Now is the best time to plan the summer schedule and ensure that your employees are taking those earned and deserved vacation days and Texas .

USA Today published that some 51% of executives surveyed by Accountemps, Menlo Park, Calif., a specialized staffing service for temporary accounting, finance, and bookkeeping professionals, maintain they are more productive after a vacation than before.

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Now there is more proof that vacations increase employee productivity and even improve overall health, as the Travel Industry Association released its conclusions from studies of data that looked at the health benefits of vacation travel.

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There are places that are the greatest destinations for a holiday all year round. So no matter the weather there are locations that can be the best choice for our winter or summer vacation.

These locations are not only the exotic islands in Greece, Malta or Gibraltar. There are places that have some beautiful characteristics no matter the season. So, we can choose to go in our summer vacation in the countryside, for example. There are many activities that we can take part of and the wonderful landscapes can be admired in long hikes and walks. You can do some bird watching, go horseback riding or just start your own painting project.

If you decide that you want to spend your winter holiday in the countryside then you should know that there are things that you can do even in the cold season. Renting a room at an inn and spending your evenings in front of a roaring fire with a cup of hot coco in your hands is the best method for relaxation.

Even if the weather is cold and snowy you can still take short walks around the place where you are spending your vacation. A walk in the fresh air will do wonders for your health, especially for people that live in polluted cities. The frozen and still nature can also be very beautiful and worthy to take pictures of it. If you spend your winter vacation with your kids then you can also play with them in the snow.

However, no matter the season and no matter the place that you decide to spend your vacation all you have to do is to make sure that you spend quality time with your friends and family. So, plan your vacation carefully and have a wonderful time!

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Going on Vacation? Some Things to Think About Before You Go

Packing for a vacation can be a maddening experience. You spend hours digging through your closets, chests of drawers, and other storage spaces looking for all the right clothes. Then comes the fun part: Trying to pack it all into a suitcase while staying under the weight limit. You surely don't want to get socked with a surcharge once you arrive at the airline ticket counter.

Throughout this mind-bending exercise, it's easy to overlook some very important steps that can help make your vacation go smoother, especially if you suffer a loss. Here are some suggestions to consider before packing your luggage.

1. Buy a backpack. Talk about versatile baggage. Forget that small piece of luggage that comes snuggled inside your main suitcase. A backpack has multiple storage compartments that secure with a zipper, and it easily stores in the overhead bins. Best of all, you can sling it over your shoulder for easy transport.

2. Store your valuables in the backpack during the flight. This will keep them in sight, but also protects them. A 35mm SLR camera and a handheld transceiver (H-T, to you ham radio ops out there), bit the dust on separate trips because I stashed them in the suitcase. Even though I wrapped them in clothing, they still got jostled enough to break. A very costly learning experience.

3. Make photocopies of your passport. Leave one copy at home or with a trusted friend. The others are stashed in your room safe. (If you don't have access to a safe, hide the paperwork in rolled up clothing.) If your passport is lost or stolen, the sooner you can provide the consulate or embassy with a photocopy, the faster you'll get a new passport. You may even consider scanning the appropriate page, and leaving that file home. Your contact there can easily e-mail the file, should that become necessary.

4. Copy any pertinent medical records and prescription information as above.

5. Record the lost/stolen number of your credit card company. Include the last eight digits of your card number for quick reference. Keep a copy in your room safe and hidden in your suitcase. (Remember that thieves are most interested in valuables and cash.)

6. Leave contact information in your suitcase. Don't rely solely on the hang tag provided by the airline or tour company. Those can tear off during flight. Stash a couple business cards inside your luggage (ditto for your backpack).

7. Buy a money pouch. These are great for storing cash and documents, including your passport. They are inexpensive and available in lots of places.

Yes, packing for a vacation can be a lot of work, but is worth it. Every moment spent carefully planning for contingencies just adds to the comfort as you are relaxing on the beach or in the pool.


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Encourage staff and managers to take their vacation time. Even a day or two of vacation can make a huge difference in employee motivation. Now is the best time to plan the summer schedule and ensure that your employees are taking those earned and deserved vacation days and Texas .

USA Today published that some 51% of executives surveyed by Accountemps, Menlo Park, Calif., a specialized staffing service for temporary accounting, finance, and bookkeeping professionals, maintain they are more productive after a vacation than before.

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Now there is more proof that vacations increase employee productivity and even improve overall health, as the Travel Industry Association released its conclusions from studies of data that looked at the health benefits of vacation travel.

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Vacations can be the highlight of the year for many people. Who doesn't like to get away from work, responsibilities, etc... And just relax for a while? However, economics may be holding some people back from indulging in a retreat.

You expect to pay for attraction, board, gas, and food. There isn't much you can do about the price of attraction's and gas. However, food is a very expensive part of the vacation, and is changeable.

On average, a family spends at least five dollar's (per person) just to eat a single fast food meal. This can not only destroy a vacation budget, but it also is very unhealthy. Ever wonder why people come back from vacations with a five pound weight gain? - Junk food!

So, here are things for an easy vacation food alternative; that is cheap, but still healthy.
Look for a hotel, condo, cabin, etc... With a kitchenette.

On average, you will pay about $10.00 more for a kitchenette. However, you can eliminate the cost of food. If there are four vacation members, that is a minimum of $60.00 a day that you are eliminating.

If there is a kitchenette in the room, you can cook pretty much anything. This allows you to have a healthy and cheap meal. If you don't want to struggle with a cooler on the trip, just look for a local grocery store, once you get to your destination.

Many hotel rooms have mini fridges and microwave's in the room now. Typically, these rooms do not cost more than any other room. When booking the hotel, just ask if there is a microwave and fridge. The fridge can hold milk for breakfast cereal. Grits and oatmeal also make for an easy vacation food. Lunch meat and soup can be a lunch meal. This still save's you the expense of two meals. Make a frugal third meal choice and it save's tons of money.When booking a hotel ask if they provide a complimentary breakfast.

Some of these breakfasts are full breakfast bars, but some are finger food like donut and bagel. This will at least save you the cost of breakfast.

Do an online search for restaurants in the area.
An online hotel booking site, city data cite, etc... Will provide a restaurant guide. Some restaurants will have a kid's eat free menu, offer two for one deal's, have a hotel discount, etc... Of course, this will not eliminate the cost of meals, but it can be an option for easy cheap vacation food.

Vacation hot spots will often have vacation packages.
A vacation package is tricky. Some do lower the cost of attractions, food, and lodging, by combining them. However, do careful research. Some of these package's can actually be higher when bundled. Bring snacks with you for the drive and to carry to attractions.

Snacks like peanut butter crackers, granola bars, rice cakes, etc... Travel well and are substantially filling. Also, bring your own bottled water and soda's.

Whether you want to eliminate the cost of food, lower the cost of food, or just find easy vacation food....these idea's are sure to help you out. Sometimes, the few hundred dollars saved in food, could be the difference in affording a vacation, or staying home.

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One would think that choosing a flower delivery business van would indeed be rather easy. You just need a van with some interior shelving, which was easy to vacuum out at the end of the week. Sure, that's true enough, but there is much more to it than that you see.

For instance, your deliver van in your florist business will need adequate signage so people will see it, and putting signage on a van can be tricky, ask any vinyl sign installer, they will tell you the challenges with bodylines, windows, and disruptions in the contour of the vehicle's body that make the job a nightmare, and the results can often be less than needed.

Your delivery van is a marketing and advertising asset as well as a delivery vehicle, and you need to be thinking here. Remember when you deliver flowers your van will be outside of a home, or business and it really matters. You need a strong brand impression for people to observe and see. And with that point please realize that sometimes it makes sense to buy a used van instead of a new one to insure that you have the best body lines for signage.

In fact, the body shape and design matters more to your business than merely the brand you buy or the actual fuel economy. Because good signage brings in more business by 3-fold, I hope you see that point. Formerly, our company was in the vehicle washing business, and we noted how many vehicle signage configurations were all wrong, and in disarray of a cohesive message.

For instance the windows in back broke up the advertising, which is terrible, because when your delivery van is in heavy traffic losing money, you have a captured audience that could be reading that signage. Not to mention that windows in back allow heat in, and that costs on the refrigeration costs or air-conditioning to keep your perishable product from wilting.

Also, perhaps you should not have side windows either in this same argument. Because a large side surface allows for much bigger and robust signage or even a adverting sign wrap, which is obviously better than just vinyl signs, you see? Bigger than life bright flower arrangements on the side of your van makes people look, and will better imprint your brand on their memory, which is good for your business when they go to buy flowers in the future.

It's not only important for the type of van, fuel economy, but you need to pay the utmost attention to the body lines when choosing a flower delivery van. Please consider all this.


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Encourage staff and managers to take their vacation time. Even a day or two of vacation can make a huge difference in employee motivation. Now is the best time to plan the summer schedule and ensure that your employees are taking those earned and deserved vacation days and Texas .

USA Today published that some 51% of executives surveyed by Accountemps, Menlo Park, Calif., a specialized staffing service for temporary accounting, finance, and bookkeeping professionals, maintain they are more productive after a vacation than before.

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Florists are people who arrange flowers and sell them to the public. If you walk along the street, you should be able to see a couple of retail florists as selling flower is quite a lucrative business. Today, many retail florists also step their feet on the Internet, creating online presence with their e-commerce websites. If you go to Google and do a search on online florists, you will see many websites that offer flower delivery to local and international locations.

There are many differences, advantages and disadvantages between an online and retail florist. One of the advantages of going to a retail florist is that they will give you a more personalized service. But, you need to spend time to go down and visit the shop. On the other hand, an online florist offers international and national delivery, with faster processing time.

Another advantage of buying flowers from an online florist is that you can get more discounts on the flowers. This is because retail florists have inventory to keep, but not the online stores. Therefore, online florists are able to lower down the retail price and pass on the saved dollars to you.

One thing to note when you are ordering flowers from an online florist is that they usually charge a processing and shipping fee. So the retail price of a bouquet may be listed at $99, but after adding the other fees, it may cost you around $110. So before you check out and make payment, be sure to check the final amount.

Also, most online florists have call centers to handle orders. The people answering the phones may not know much about flowers and arrangements. This increases the chance of misunderstandings and mistakes. In order to prevent any misunderstanding, tell the person exactly what you are ordering, by telling them the product number and other important details.

So both online and retail florists have their own advantages and disadvantages. It really depends on your needs and preference. If you are someone who don't like to travel and has little time, buying flowers from online florists is a good choice. On the other hand, if there is a retail florist just 1 minute away from your office or department, it may be a better choice to visit the shop and get a personalized service.

Last but not least, if you decide to purchase flowers online, do check out a few websites before making the payment. You should choose a site that has verified security logo to ensure that you are safe from identity theft.

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Encourage staff and managers to take their vacation time. Even a day or two of vacation can make a huge difference in employee motivation. Now is the best time to plan the summer schedule and ensure that your employees are taking those earned and deserved vacation days.

USA TODAY (MAR 01 2007) published that some 51% of executives surveyed by Accountemps, Menlo Park, Calif., a specialized staffing service for temporary accounting, finance, and bookkeeping professionals, maintain they are more productive after a vacation than before

Now there is more proof that vacations increase employee productivity and even improve overall health, as the Travel Industry Association released its conclusions from studies of data that looked at the health benefits of vacation travel.

  • On a scale of 1 to 5, travelers rate their overall health 1 full point higher while on vacation.
  • Travelers say they get three times more deep sleep and sleep almost 20 minutes longer after their vacation.
  • Even the anticipation of vacation travel generates an increase in positive feelings about one's life as a whole, family, economic situation, and health.
  • An annual vacation can cut a person's risk of heart attack by 50 percent
  • Women who take more vacations are more satisfied with their marriages.
  • More than half of employed Americans say they come back feeling reconnected with their family after vacation.
  • Three out of four executives believe that vacations are necessary for them to prevent burnout or that vacations improve their personal job performance.
  • Travelers experience a 25 percent increase in performance on vigilance tests after returning from vacation - travelers 45 or older show a 50 percent increase in performance.
  • Two out of three executives believe that vacations improve their creativity.

Results indicate that annual vacations can improve health, quality of daily life, productivity, and commitment to family and the workplace.


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Encourage staff and managers to take their vacation time. Even a day or two of vacation can make a huge difference in employee motivation. Now is the best time to plan the summer schedule and ensure that your employees are taking those earned and deserved vacation days and Texas .

USA Today published that some 51% of executives surveyed by Accountemps, Menlo Park, Calif., a specialized staffing service for temporary accounting, finance, and bookkeeping professionals, maintain they are more productive after a vacation than before.

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Now there is more proof that vacations increase employee productivity and even improve overall health, as the Travel Industry Association released its conclusions from studies of data that looked at the health benefits of vacation travel.

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Encourage staff and managers to take their vacation time. Even a day or two of vacation can make a huge difference in employee motivation. Now is the best time to plan the summer schedule and ensure that your employees are taking those earned and deserved vacation days.

USA TODAY (MAR 01 2007) published that some 51% of executives surveyed by Accountemps, Menlo Park, Calif., a specialized staffing service for temporary accounting, finance, and bookkeeping professionals, maintain they are more productive after a vacation than before

Now there is more proof that vacations increase employee productivity and even improve overall health, as the Travel Industry Association released its conclusions from studies of data that looked at the health benefits of vacation travel.

  • On a scale of 1 to 5, travelers rate their overall health 1 full point higher while on vacation.
  • Travelers say they get three times more deep sleep and sleep almost 20 minutes longer after their vacation.
  • Even the anticipation of vacation travel generates an increase in positive feelings about one's life as a whole, family, economic situation, and health.
  • An annual vacation can cut a person's risk of heart attack by 50 percent
  • Women who take more vacations are more satisfied with their marriages.
  • More than half of employed Americans say they come back feeling reconnected with their family after vacation.
  • Three out of four executives believe that vacations are necessary for them to prevent burnout or that vacations improve their personal job performance.
  • Travelers experience a 25 percent increase in performance on vigilance tests after returning from vacation - travelers 45 or older show a 50 percent increase in performance.
  • Two out of three executives believe that vacations improve their creativity.

Results indicate that annual vacations can improve health, quality of daily life, productivity, and commitment to family and the workplace.

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Owning a vacation rental can be a very rewarding and profitable venture. It can also be a very difficult, frustrating, and expensive experience if you don't avoid some very basic pitfalls. Some pitfalls to avoid may seem obvious, but are worth repeating. Others may be things you probably have not even considered.

I own five historic Key West vacation rentals, and I market and manage over 50 for other people. I have been in the vacation rental business since 1994, when I turned a property I owned in Key Largo, Florida into my first vacation home. Based on decades of experience, I offer below 8 of the most basic and common property pitfalls to avoid when owning a vacation home. In all the years I've been in this business, I continue to see people make the same mistakes over and over again that could be easily avoided with forethought, better planning, and some professional guidance.

While it's not pleasant to talk about the negative realities of owning vacation rentals, it is my hope that you can learn from the mishaps of others and be able to maximize the benefits of owning your vacation home. Think these through carefully before you 'take the plunge' into ownership of a vacation home.

Don't Buy the Wrong House:

Seem like an obvious statement? Well, the adage 'Hindsight is 20/20' is a good one to ponder ahead of time in this critical first step. I've seen many people 'fall in love' with a house or cottage they find while on vacation themselves, and decide it will make an ideal 2nd home and perfect rental. Be sure you 'knock the romance out of your head' and carefully consider how desirable a property will actually be perceived by potential guests and if you can afford it. First, find out what size and configuration of properties that are most in demand in the area you want to buy. For example, how many bedrooms and bathrooms do most renters seek? Do guests want historic homes, condos, cottages, studios or does it matter? Is a pool important, or a garden? Are you willing and able to make any needed renovations?

Don't forget to Make a Business Plan:

Make a basic business plan and determine if you can make enough money through your rentals to justify the purchase. Get the help of a rental professional and an accountant or financial advisor to create a preliminary plan. Learn how much you can expect to pay to operate your vacation property, and how much you can expect earn in income. Get actual or projected occupancy rates from an established local rental agency. Find out what time of year you can expect to rent your home. Is there a short tourist season, or is there a year around season? Some communities have a high demand for private vacation homes and they command excellent rental rates. But other areas have a glut of unsold homes now being offered as vacation properties, driving rental rates down too low to cover the cost of owning a 2nd home.

Don't Buy a Property in the Wrong Location or Neighborhood:

Carefully research the location, e.g., just because an extra 15 blocks from the center of town or the beach is no big deal to you, this could be too far away and a deal breaker for potential guests. In other words, make sure that the property you buy will be appealing to potential vacationers. And, what do the neighbors think about vacation rentals being operated next to where they live? This has been, and still is, a huge ongoing issue for many communities across the country. Many cities and towns are grappling about whether to allow or restrict short-term rentals. Some neighbors are vehemently opposed to the idea of a 'revolving door of tourists' coming in and out of their neighborhood. Other areas are thrilled to have tourists bringing money into their communities.

Don't Ignore Community Rules and Regulatory Agencies:

As vacation homes have become increasingly popular, many communities have created rules and regulations that restrict and govern property rentals. Contact the community licensing department where you are planning to purchase a vacation property. Find out if there are restrictions on the time and frequency you can rent your home. Find out if you need to purchase a business license or a special transient rental license. Ask if you need to have a health and safety inspection by the city, county, or state. Find out if you need to collect and pay a tourist bed tax and state sales tax. Don't ignore the rules and regulations. In some communities, code enforcement officers scan vacation rental websites in search of properties that are offered as illegal rentals. Getting caught breaking the law unknowingly can be expensive and embarrassing!

Don't Pretend You Can Avoid Renovation and Major Repairs:

Be prepared to accept the fact that owning a successful vacation home means that ongoing quality control becomes a way of life. Unless your property is located in an area where luxury and comfort are disregarded as superfluous, expect to renovate and keep your property to a high quality standard. If you want your rental to be competitive in the vacation market, expect to upgrade you kitchen, bathrooms, replace carpets, floors, decks, porches, windows, repaint, landscape, and put on a new roof when the time comes. In some locations you will need to add a swimming pool or at least a Jacuzzi. Make sure the local building department will allow you to make upgrades. Figure out a time to make needed repairs, and mark off time in your rental calendar to do the work.

Don't Under Estimate the Importance of Housekeeping and Property Maintenance:

Even after your vacation home is upgraded and operating, you must commit to ongoing housekeeping and on-call maintenance services. If you don't provide good housekeeping services and regular property maintenance to keep the property to a quality standard, you will most likely live with constant complaints. And you can expect unhappy guests who may be compelled to write bad reviews about your property on internet vacation travel logs and rental websites. A maintenance person must be on-call to fix the myriad of little things that happen in a house such as clogged toilets, mal-functioning a/c or heaters, swimming pool problems, mal-functioning internet connections, and TV remotes to name a few. The more your property is rented, the more maintenance and housekeeping you need o provide.

Don't Think Your House Can be Successful without Proper Furnishing and Staging:

A common scenario is for new owners of a 2nd home to think they can furnish their property with a hodge-podge of inexpensive garage sale items or discarded personal items. When people do this, they end up with a house that looks like a second-hand store or their own garage sale. If you have a knack for decorating, then go for it. Pick a décor style have fun. It is perfectly acceptable to have a mixture of old and new items, but in the end they all have to work together in a unified style. Buy comfortable furniture - a nice sofa and easy chairs. Choose an attractive micro-fiber fabric, its ideal for vacation homes. Make sure you provide good bed mattresses and the right bed sizes. Most travelers today want king or at least queen size beds. Buy a larger flat screen TV for the living room or den. Unless you have the know-how and the time to do these tasks, hire someone to do them for you. Many furniture stores have staff decorators who offer this service for free.

Don't Believe it is Simple to Successfully Market and Manage Your Vacation Rental:

If you've read this far, you know there is a lot more to owning and operating vacation properties than first meets the eye. With the proliferation of mega vacation rental websites, that make it easy for home owners to advertise their own property, it can seem simpler than it is. There is a lot more to this business than putting up a web page and answering email inquiries and phone calls and keeping an availability calendar. The task of writing rental contracts, collecting money, collecting and paying taxes, staying current with community licensing and rules and regulations, checking guests in and out, providing housekeeping and ongoing maintenance, dealing with complaints, dealing with property damage done by guests, and addressing unhappy neighbors can be daunting. And, I haven't even addressed the demands or creating a successful marketing campaign. In today's market it goes beyond writing good ad copy and providing quality property photos on a website. Be prepared to engage in social media such as Facebook and twitter to reach your potential rental guests.

After all is said and done, owning a vacation rental property can be a very profitable and enjoyable business if you know what you are doing. A sure way to avoid the most common pitfalls is to find and purchase a property that already has an established and successful history as a vacation rental, and hire an established locally operated agency to handle your property. http:/vacationhomesofkeywest.com

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