Sometimes you just have to get away. And while traveling can be costly and require time-consuming planning, the benefits might be far beyond just the enjoyable time you expect. According to several different studies conducted over the past few decades, traveling is actually more than just fun—it’s beneficial. The U.S. Travel Association compiled a list of standout stats that we couldn’t help but share:
- Travelers rate their overall health one full point higher (on a scale of 1 to 5) while on vacation. They also get three times more deep sleep after their vacation 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 (53%).
- Three out of four executives believe that vacations are necessary for them to prevent burnout (78%) or that vacations improve their personal job performance (75%).
- Travelers experience a 25% increase in performance on vigilance tests after returning from vacation—travelers 45 or older show a 50% increase in performance.
- Two out of three executives believe that vacations improve their creativity (68%).
We’re curious. When’s your next trip scheduled for?
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