The Most Compelling Reason You Need to Take a Vacation

The Most Compelling Reason You Need to Take a Vacation

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We all need a break from everyday life at one point or another for our mental and even physical health – but that doesn’t convince some people to actually take a vacation. So for those people, what may be the most compelling reason to take a vacation? The money you’re losing by not taking all of your vacation days!

Americans are notorious for not taking all of the vacation days they are allotted. It’s an unfortunate part of our job culture. According to a new survey of over 2,200 workers conducted by Glassdoor, the online job search company, the average U.S. employee who receives paid vacation has only taken about half (54%) of those days in the past 12 months.

According to the Project: Time Off’s State of American Vacation report, Americans have cost themselves up to $62 billion by forfeiting 212 million vacation days that could not be banked, rolled over or paid out. Just think of how many beers, glasses of wine, or margaritas that could have bought!

Research also shows that those who travel tend to be happier in not only their personal lives but their professional lives too.

To top that off, the Project: Time Off’s State of American Vacation report also suggests that those who travel more are more successful in their job and more likely to be promoted – which when you take a step back to think about it, really makes sense. Because you took some time for yourself, wherever you decided to go, even if it was to stay at home, you could then come back recharged and perhaps even with a new perspective, to take on whatever your job throws at you.

So stop worrying about the American workplace stigma of taking a vacation because, let’s face it, you taking a vacation is helpful to everyone!

Now that that’s settled, where are you heading to next?

When Is The Best Time To Go To Italy

When Is The Best Time To Go To Italy?

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Italy is one of the most popular vacation destinations in the world. With its rich history, breathtaking landscapes, remarkable cuisine, and delectable wines, it’s not hard to see why. Our tour operations team gets asked quite frequently – when is the best time to go to Italy?

In our opinion, the best time to go to Italy is in April, May, September, or October, during the shoulder seasons. We typically schedule our small group public tours during the shoulder seasons of the destinations we visit. We do this for several reasons – mostly due to weather, cost, and not wanting to have to share such fabulous locales with a lot of other tourists. Italy’s high season is considered to be June – July.

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How To Negotiate At World Markets

How To Negotiate at World Markets

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We’re not big on bringing home lots of little chochkies from places we’ve visited, but tend to focus on meaningful items that come from local artisans and aren’t mass produced such as artwork, jewelry, leather goods, etc. The best place to find these little gems is at the local markets. Since it isn’t an everyday part of American culture, some travelers are unsure how to negotiate at these world markets.

Some cultures consider it rude if you don’t try to negotiate. Haggling is expected in markets in Latin America, Africa, Asia, and even Europe. Not negotiating a price is seen as economic arrogance or snobbish. Make sure to look up what is acceptable in the area you are traveling online or in a guidebook before you go.

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Food & Wine of Bordeaux - New Vacation

Exploring the Food & Wine of Bordeaux – A New Tour!

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We are quite selective in the regions we choose to add to our food, wine and beer tour schedule. We like to focus on desirable culinary destinations where we can provide our travelers with remarkable experiences.

With that in mind, we are very excited to announce our newest food and wine tour to iconic Bordeaux, France. There are so many reasons to explore this incredible city and region including the history, cuisine, and of course, wine of Bordeaux.

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