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To Staycation or to Vacation?

Road signI have just been reading a report on research into the benefits of what people now call a Staycation.

In my younger days we just said we could not afford a vacation so were staying at home. But Staycation gives it a nice name.

The research I was reading was published in a press release today by prnewswire.

To my mind the most interesting part is as follows:

As families try to squeeze in one last-minute getaway, they have to choose between staying close to home or taking one last out-of-town trip for the summer. However, this raises the question: do travelers really get a full, unplugged vacation experience that leaves them relaxed and recharged if they don’t select an out-of-town destination?

A survey by CheapCaribbean.com, the number one U.S. provider of beach vacations dedicated to the Caribbean and Mexico, has found the answer is often a resounding “no.”

While much has been made about “staycations” in recent years, the survey data showed that 66 percent of U.S. consumers say they’d rather really get away than enjoy a “staycation” close to home during the summer. Many consumers feel that vacations taken further away from home are superior to staycations for overall benefits (68 percent) and happiness (66 percent).

 Additionally, only 39 percent feel like they can unplug and recharge or avoid distractions while on a “staycation.” “Vacationing away from our usual surroundings help us take a break, have fun and bond with our families; not to mention, recharge and, in turn, perform better at every day and work tasks upon return,” …….

I am inclined to agree. We are all familiar with the saying that a change is as good as a holiday. Well think how much better it is when we combine them. A holiday with a change to somewhere new and different.

Sadly with the world economy in a mess many people feel that they have no choice. They simply can’t afford to go away.

We may be able to help you afford that vacation!

Christian House Sitters helps you find rent-free accommodation all over the world, and if you are worried about leaving your home and pets then we can also offer a free service to find someone suitable to look after them. This will not cost anything as I mentioned it is FREE,

So before you decide you can’t afford that break have a look at our website. Then if you have any questions contact me and I will do my best to help.

God bless you,

Ray

www.Christian-housesitters.com

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ABOUT Christian House Sitters Christian House Sitters is a Worldwide ministry that started in order to provide holidays for Christians and sitters for owners who needed a reliable Christian to look after their home, pets and garden. House owners do not pay anything to have their property listed. House sitters are only charged £25 per year and in return for this some enjoy numerous holidays each year. All fees from membership go to sponsor food for children at the Home of Peace Children’s Home in Kenya. This only supplies about a quarter of what is needed to feed the children so we urgently need sponsors. All funds go via our Registered Charity TLC Children’s Trust Charity Number 1156786 website http://www.tlc-childrenstrust.org N.B. Joining Christian House Sitters does NOT commit you to sponsoring a child or giving any support beyond your membership fee to these children. Although naturally if you want to support that would be greatly appreciated. We have some regular sponsors and other people who give an occasional gift. All are greatly appreciated. ABOUT RAY & MARILYN We are Marilyn & Ray White. A fun loving Christian couple who have been in Christian work for over 30 years. Marilyn was born in England but moved to Zimbabwe as a baby. At the age of 16 she moved to South Africa. Ray was born in South Africa and grew up on a farm. We met in Johannesburg and got married in 1966. Ray worked in business for many years then he worked for YfC in South Africa then went on to Bible College and Pastored a church. In 1982 we moved from South Africa to England. In addition to his theological training Ray trained in Psychology and since moving to the UK he has lectured in Psychology, counselled for the NHS and opened a Christian Counselling Centre. Marilyn is also a trained counsellor and manager. In addition to the counselling we trained Christian counsellors both in our local area and by invitation in other areas of the UK. In total over 700 people completed the training courses. Many are serving the Lord by working in or through their local churches. We also ran a secular Stress Management business. We are now semi-retired and focus our time and attention on Christian House Sitters and Ray also serves as a member of our Church Leadership Team. Ray also has an active preaching ministry and runs Christian seminars on subjects such as stress management for church groups. He has written two books. A Christian book that is a very practical workbook on Christian commitment as applied to real life. The book looks at how we can surrender ourselves more fully to God. This is looked at under the headings of Physical, Mental, Social and Spiritual commitment. The book is called Let’s Get Serious. He has also written a secular book on Stress Management called Stress Overcoming this Potential Killer. (Ray was previously Chair of the International Stress Management Association UK). News Update This book has now been released as an e-book as well A few years ago we did a 2 month House Sit in France. Whilst there we felt the Lord leading us to set up a Christian House Sitting service. Since then we have done a number of other house sits. We believe this site will benefit many Christians around the world. Feel free to contact us (BUT please no spam) NOTE: If you want a fast reply the best way to contact us is via the contact page on the Christian House Sitters website www.christian-housesitters.com God bless you, Ray & Marilyn

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