As January kicks the year off with resolutions and goals for the future - whether health and fitness goals, financial goals, career or family goals, plans are certainly being made with the aim of improving the quality of our lives and bettering our situations. While you’re crunching the numbers, packing those healthy lunches and buying new sports gear to motivate you, don’t forget to plan your next holiday.
Planning a holiday at the beginning of a year – when you’ve just returned from the festive break may sound a little self-indulgent but research shows quite the opposite!
Various studies conducted around the world indicate that people who go on more holidays reap the following benefits:
- Lower stress levels and thus lower blood pressure and less risk of heart disease
- A drop in blood glucose levels reducing the risk of diabetes
- An increase in energy levels, contentedness and general health and well-being
- Weight loss (related to decreased levels of the stress-induced hormone Cortisol) and enhanced mood
- Improvement in quality of sleep
- And an improved rate of resilience to stress once you return to work
We can agree that the above benefits of going on holiday are enough motivation to book your next one, but it is still January and most are still enjoying the positive post-holiday benefits which can last up to two weeks after you’ve returned from your exotic destination so why rush into your next holiday booking?
WorldVentures’ General Manager Kemble Morgan weighs in “There are several reasons why we recommend booking your next holiday early in the year.”
The first benefit is financial. If you book your holiday early, in most cases you can pay it off or do the main payment early in the year so that by the time you’re ready to enjoy your holiday you no longer feel the financial effects of the holiday payment and you can focus on spending-money and other little luxuries.
Secondly, having something to look forward to has shown to have a very positive effect on one’s psyche. The anticipation of having an upcoming holiday will provide you with light at the end of the tunnel and equip you with enough energy to get through the more arduous tasks that work and life throws at you.
And lastly but most importantly, when you are making the booking and planning for your holiday early in the year, you are placing the same amount of value on your personal life as you are on your professional life and you’re taking a small step towards achieving that very important, but often elusive concept of work-life balance.
Booking holidays can often be stressful and that’s the last thing you need early in the year. So to take the pressure off, why not use the services of the world’s largest curator of group travel; WorldVentures.