It is not often that I find an academic article on the subject of vacations and especially one that is easy to read but Sarah Fox has an excellent one. You can read the full article at http://www.neumann.edu/academics/divisions/business/journal/review09/fox.pdf
She begins by saying:
“To go or not to go?” This seemed to be the question most Americans were asking themselves regarding a summer vacation last year. With gas prices reaching extraordinary heights each day, many people opted to stay home rather than go on a summer vacation. Summer vacations used to be as American as apple pie; kids and parents would look forward all school year to having that one week in the summer to relax and just get away. American summer vacations date back to the early 1900s. Henry Ford was one of the biggest influences on summer vacations with the invention of the automobile. ….. For years now, American middle class families have been squeezed by rising prices and shrinking take home pay American’s have little extra money to pay for a vacation.
She then looks in some detail at how the cost of living has risen faster than the take home pay of the average family. I will not bore you with the details if you are interested they can be found at the link I mentioned before but I suspect that you do not need me to tell you how expensive life has become. Most of us tend to run out of money before we run out of month.
So to return to the question Sarah Fox asked. To go or not to go?
In these tough economic times should we simply accept that a vacation is beyond our financial means and drop the idea?
There is a lot of research showing that working without a vacation will significantly increase your stress levels. The research also clearly shows that an increase in stress can lead to major health problems such as cardiac problems, reduced immune defence, digestive difficulties, depression etc.
There is even research showing that Stress May Cause Fat Around the Midsection in Lean Women (Denise Mann WebMD Medical News 22 Sept 2000)
One solution that many have found is to join Christian House Sitters where we enable our members to enjoy rent-free vacations all over the world. In addition we can also provide reliable Christian people to look after your home and pets free of charge while you are away.
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This may be the answer that you and your family have been seeking.
If you do have any questions please feel free to contact me and I will do my best to help.
God bless you,
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