Seven Signs You Need a Vacation

Seven Signs You Need a Vacation

Have you been staring out the window daydreaming about faraway places?

Have you gotten lost in your computer screensaver, wishing you could climb inside and experience that landscape firsthand? Have you been scrolling through travel photos on social media thinking, “Wouldn’t that be nice?” These are just a few symptoms of a soul that longs to travel.

You might recognize these other signs that you’re ready for a vacation:

1. You’re Tired of the Same Old Views

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – Augustine of Hippo

Whether it’s your office or your living room window, you’re tired of the same views and the same day-to-day routine. You’re ready to see the world with fresh eyes, journey to new places, and take a break from that routine.

Plus, you found that your phone has an amazing camera and you want to show your friends and family that you’re adventurous too! (Want to know how to show off those amazing photos? Check out Why Instagram is Our Favorite Travel App.)


2. You’re Stressed and tired all the time

“Wherever you go, go with all your heart!” -Confucius

Numerous studies have shown that taking vacations can benefit your health. One study found that men and women who vacation at least once annually show a lower risk of heart disease. Travelers also report feeling less stressed and more energy following a vacation. And a Cornell study found that the anticipation of an upcoming trip also increases happiness. So, you can experience the benefits of traveling before you even head out the door!

3. You Want to Add More Stamps to Your Passport

“Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.” – Dalai Lama

On average, UK residents visit 10 countries in their lifetime, Germans visit eight, and the French visit five. The average American only travels to three! Your passport has plenty of blank pages waiting to be filled with stamps!


4. You Want to Be Inspired

“Better to see something once than hear about it a thousand times” – Asian Proverb

Exploring new cities and engaging with different cultures opens your mind to fresh perspectives. If you want to be creatively inspired and tap into a well of unique ideas, travel!

5. Your Bucket List Is Getting Long

“Oh the places you’ll go.” -Dr. Seuss

Maybe you’ve always wanted to go zip lining in the jungle, traverse the Great Wall of China, or stand in awe of the pyramids. Whatever activities are on your bucket list, you can start crossing them off on your next trip.


6. You Need Some New Stories

“Traveling—it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battutah

You’ve always been able to hold an audience, but lately, you’ve been recycling your old stories. See the world and bring home some new tales to regale future dinner parties and holiday gatherings!

7. Your Name Starts with a Letter Between A & Z

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sail. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – H. Jackson Brown Jr.

There’s a perfect vacation out there for everyone—whether you prefer historic landmarks or exotic locales, traveling by rail or by boat, adventure or elegance. Don’t ignore the signs; take that trip your soul has always longed to take.

Arianna Ambrutis

Having spent much of her life as nomadically as possible, Ari found a home with GET. As far as her travels have taken her, she's worked on an archaeological dig in Israel, sailed around Greek isles, experienced a crazy sunburn in Turkey, adores tomatoes in Italy, and thinks Paris and New York are just the bee’s knees. With her degree in Cultural Anthropology, Ari loves exploring a culture’s traditions, colloquialisms, and (most importantly) cuisines.

4 thoughts on “Seven Signs You Need a Vacation

  • May 18, 2018 at 2:45 pm

    I think I need a vacation every 3 months and I can definitely show your post to mu boss.

  • June 2, 2018 at 10:28 am

    My husband and I want to take a cruise to Hawaii we have been through a lot these past couple of years him being sick can’t go anywhere me having to stay home at times to make sure he is doing ok but we just got married August 14,2018 we got married on our 8 yr anniversary and we still haven’t gone on our honeymoon he is getting better so we decided to take a flight first class and then stay at a awesome 5 hotel before our boarding the cruise we will have many more anniversary all in one day we are wanting to take our vacation in 2019
    August 14, 1yr anniversary of being married and 10 yr anniversary of when we met and our honeymoon so yeah and it is our first time on a cruise we are AARP members any suggestions for blue Man group comedy show spa with massages and all the fixins any and all suggestions are welcome

  • August 2, 2018 at 3:55 am

    Point 1st, 2nd, and 4th suit me better. I am tired of the same old views and stressed too. Need a break from daily routine and after reading this post looking for a holiday package. Well written post for people like me. It helped me a lot.


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