As summer approaches in Canada, many of us are counting down the days until a much-needed vacation. But for others, carving out time for vacation isn’t always easy.

In Canada, vacation time is set by the provinces and territories for all employees except federal employees. Employees are entitled to start out with 2-3 weeks of paid vacation, depending on region. In addition, employees are entitled to 6-10 paid public holidays.

So why do some of us not take advantage of this time off? We’ve heard the excuses, and have probably said a few ourselves…

“There will be too much work to make up for when I get back.”

“My team will struggle without me.”

“I don’t have the money to take a vacation right now.”

As it turns out, you may be making an irresponsible choice by not taking a break every once in a while. Vacations provide well-deserved time off from work and an opportunity to rest and recharge.

So, throw your excuses out the windows and check out these 4 reasons to start planning your next trip!

1. Improved Productivity

It may seem counterintuitive but taking a vacation will help you get more done when you get back to work! Relief from our day to day gives us a new perspective, can lead to more creativity, and helps us refocus our energy for when we inevitably head back to work.

In 2006, Accounting Firm Ernst & Young did an internal study of its employees and found that for every 10 additional hours of vacation time an employee took, their performance ratings increased by roughly 8 percent.

2. Better Sleep

Lack of sleep has been called a global epidemic and it’s playing havoc with our health. Poor sleep quality (and quantity) has been linked to increased risk of chronic disease, greater levels of stress, poor concentration and even traffic accidents.

Research shows that vacations can help interrupt the habits that disrupt sleep, like working late into the night or watching a backlit screen before bed. Keep up with your new habits when you get back to work with these three tips.

3. Improved Relationships

Vacations with your family or friends help you form closer bonds. It’s a great opportunity to spend time together in a less scheduled setting to build lasting memories together.

Luckily, free apps like Krugo help you plan unforgettable experiences with your friends or family. You can plan your next adventure, including events to your favourite shows and games, all in one place. Krugo is even giving away $1,000 to one Carrot member that signs up with their ‘crew’! Enter to win.

4. Less Stress

Going on vacation allows you to leave your everyday stresses at home, giving you a break from the constant high levels of these hormones and a chance to repair some of the damage.

Research shows a direct link between stress and health conditions such as headaches, cardiovascular diseases, cancer and other types of infections acquired as a result of a weaker immune system. Taking vacation gives you a break and reduces the incidence of burnout.

So, whether you can afford a luxury vacation or a camping weekend with friends, it’s time to take a break and get out of our day to day lives to reset and recharge. Where are you planning to vacation this year?

Share with us below! And don’t forget to plan your dream trip with friends on Krugo for a chance to win $1,000! Enter now in three easy steps:

  1. Download Krugo for iOS or Android.
  2. Launch the app and sign up for an account.
  3. Start a crew and add three friends from your contact book.

We’ll announce the winners on May 20. This post is sponsored by Krugo. For contest terms and conditions, click here.

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Author Team Carrot

The Carrot Rewards team works hard to help Canadians take charge of their health and wellness by being more physically active each day and learning useful information that empowers them to make healthier decisions. We want you to keep learning, and challenging yourself to be more active. And we want to make sure that your journey to health and wellness is rewarding and engaging every step of the way!

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