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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"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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