In 2019, domestic travel in the U.S. increased 2 percent, hitting 2.29 billion domestic trips. 80 percent of these trips were for leisure.

Clearly, Americans like their vacation time. Do you?

Of course, the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the leisure industry big-time. With stay home and social distancing requirements and suspension of air travel, most people had no choice but to suspend their vacation plans.

As the country reopens, is it time to get your vacation plans underway? Continue reading this article for telltale signs you need a vacation.

1. The COVID-19 Pandemic Has Taken Its Toll on You

There’s no doubt the COVID-19 pandemic has affected almost everyone in one way or the other. Although it’s difficult to tell whether the worst is behind us, there’s light at the end of the tunnel. More and more Americans are getting vaccinated, restaurants are open, air travel is back, and the wheels of the economy are grinding forward again.

After almost a year of staying mostly indoors, the pandemic has probably taken a toll on your physical and mental health, even if you weren’t infected by the virus.

If you’re having trouble getting your groove back on – perhaps you’re struggling to concentrate on work or studies, or you just want to sleep the whole day – it’s a sign you need to get out and go on vacation.

Maybe a new environment is all you need for your body to roar back to life. If you’re the kind of person who loves the mountains, it’s time to start planning a mountain vacation. If you love the sea and its many mysteries, then the sea is calling!

2. You Have a Poor Work-Life Balance

It’s no secret that a vast majority (66 percent) of workers in America have a poor work-life balance.

While a poor work-life balance will have a negative effect on your overall health, the real tragedy is those workers who don’t even know that their work-life balance is tilting heavily on their work. If you’re among these people, there are signs you can look out for to help measure the state of your work-life balance.

If you’re spending most of your time working, that’s a clear sign that your social life is taking a hit. If you’re working regular hours but spend most of your home time thinking about work, your work-life balance isn’t great either.

There are a number of steps you can take to fix this balance, and one of the best is taking a vacation. A vacation offers an ample opportunity to truly forget about work and focus on yourself and your loved ones. Go somewhere far and quiet, where you can relax your body and mind.

3. You Have Unused Vacation Days

In the private sector, employees typically get 10 paid vacation days every year.

However, your employer isn’t going to force you to utilize your vacation days. Some will encourage you, but that’s all. And, these vacation days don’t transfer to the next year. So if you don’t take your vacation days in the year, you’ll forfeit them.

Employers won’t monitor how you use your vacation days, either. If you take your vacation days but opt to spend them sleeping or running your errands, that’s up to you.

Here’s the thing, though. Most employers offer paid vacation days for a reason. They know that a vacation can rejuvenate a person. A rejuvenated employee is a motivated and productive employee.

If you haven’t taken your vacation days or you usually use them to do things other than vacationing, that’s a sure sign you need to go on vacation. If you aren’t using paid vacation days to vacation, there’s little chance that you’re using any other time to go on vacation.

4. Getting Quality Sleep Is Difficult

Insomnia is a common health problem in the U.S.

While the condition can be caused by different factors, some of which need the attention of a medical specialist, lack of vacation time can also bring about insomnia.

If you’re experiencing trouble getting quality sleep, it could be your body telling you that it needs adequate rest. Spending a lot of time in the same environment can tire your brain, which can cause insomnia or restlessness at night.

You might be surprised to learn that all you need is a vacation.

5. You’re Getting the Fear of Missing Out from Social Media

On social media, it looks like everyone is on vacation and having a good time.

Of course, this isn’t often the case, since people have a habit of posting pictures from the past and passing them off as the present. Either way, if you’re scrolling through your social feeds and feeling like everyone except you is on vacation, that’s because it’s been a while since you went on a vacation.

Why become a victim of social media anxiety when you can also go on vacation and make your own memories? You can also post the photos on your social media platforms and spread the cheer!

6. You Have Unused Vacation Funds

If you’re routinely saving for a vacation, thumbs up!

However, it’s one thing to save up and it’s another to actually go on vacation. Sometimes life gets in the way and it’s impossible to actualize vacation plans.

But if you’ve got vacation funds, it’s time to utilize them. If you’re worried that you haven’t saved enough, don’t worry. Just look around for vacation deals and tour packages. Here’s a good place to start:

Signs You Need a Vacation: It’s Time!

Nobody in their sane mind turns down an opportunity to go on vacation. However, sometimes things happen and vacation plans slide lower in the priority list. Other times we just don’t when to go on vacation. Well, if you’re seeing any of the signs you need a vacation, it’s time to start packing your bags!

Happy vacationing and keep tabs on our blog for more travel and lifestyle advice.

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