How to have the best vacation ever this year

STARRE VARTAN | February 22, 2019

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Ahhh, vacation. It can be a time to catch up on sleep, rebuild mental and emotional reserves, and remind remind yourself that there's more to who you are than being a hard worker. It might feel frivolous, but it's anything but. “In order to be creative, think strategically and create balance in our lives we need to disconnect from our day to day activities," Penny Zenker, a life coach, told The New York Times.But it's also really easy to get vacation wrong, especially if you grew up in a family that didn't take vacations, can't afford to take time off, or have worked for years in the gig economy where the idea of a vacation is a pipe dream.But even for those who are provided with vacation time through their employment, a surprising number of vacation days aren't taken each year by American workers. According to Project: Time Off's report "State of American Vacations 2018," "A majority of Americans (52 percent) left vacation time unused in 2017 (down from 54 percent in 2016). Further, nearly a quarter (24 percent) of Americans have not taken a vacation in more than a year."

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