Now that you’ve turned your calendar to August, are you finding yourself frustrated that you haven’t gotten outside enough this summer to enjoy the sunshine? Are you longing for a getaway and some quality time with your family?

Research says you’re not alone. A 2014 Oxford Economics Assessment of Paid Time Off in the U.S. recently revealed 42% of employees with paid vacation ended the year with an average of 8.1 days unused. And, according to the 2013 Sage Reinvention of Small Business Study, 43% of small business owners are taking less vacation time than five years ago.

So how can we convince you of the importance of walking away from your job for a while? What if we told you it is actually good for you to take a vacation and that it can make you a better employee? It’s true! Research has also proven this! Here are some things to consider:

  1. Turning it off. We all need some time to recharge our batteries. Stepping away from the daily stresses of a job’s pressures, decisions and deadlines will actually reinvigorate you, because you are allowing your brain some much needed down time. We can’t be “ON” 100 percent of the time without eventually breaking down. That renewed energy will be contagious and help your entire team to be more productive and positive.
  2.  Seeing things differently. When you step out of your daily work routine to go on vacation, it forces you to look at things from a different perspective. It expands your brain and forces it to process things differently. Your eating habits change, your schedule is different, you see and learn about new things, and you develop an appreciation for things that aren’t part of your daily work routine. When you return to your “normal life” you have a fresh outlook and an improved attitude.
  3. Pushing your comfort zone. Some vacation activities, like going zip lining or down one of our extreme thrill slides, push you outside of your comfort zone. They build your confidence each time you do them and allow you to realize you are capable of so much more than you realize. You will always be limited if you stay within your comfort zone.
  4. Meet new people. No matter where you vacation, you’re bound to meet new people – whether it be the person lying next to you in a lounge chair, waiting in line with you for a ride or enjoying a cocktail next to you at a bar. If you take the time to get to know them, you might find you are from the same city, work in the same industry or share the same passions for life. Who knows the possibilities for this new connection – they could be limitless.

So, don’t let your summer sneak past you without a little vacation getaway! Give our reservations team a call at 800-867-9453 and we can help you find the right spot at Wilderness Resort to unwind. See you soon!