July 18, 2022

143 | No Vacation Nation | Learning To Take Time Off...Guilt-Free

Show Summary: 

If you are like most Americans, you are not using all of your vacation days each year. America has become the No-Vacation Nation. Why is that? In many cases, it's guilt. Guilt about work, guilt about money, and sometimes even guilt about our health and well-being. Today's show discusses all of this and HOW to take a guilt-free vacation.

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Topics Discusses & Questions Answered:

Today's show discusses work, money, and health guilt Americans have with vacations. Some of the topics we discuss are:

Fun Facts:

  1. 55% of Americans don't use all of their PTO.
  2. Top reasons for not using PTO:
    1. I don't want to come back to a lot of work
    2. No one else can do my job
    3. I can't afford it
    4. Want to save the days

Work Tips:

  1. Set boundaries
  2. Turn off your email
  3. Establish accountability partners
  4. Plan to make sure you use your days
  5. Celebrate time off at work to develop a culture that promotes using PTO

Money Tips:

  1. Include it in your budget
  2. If you don't like to spend on vacation, don't look
  3. Use credit card points
  4. Avoid monthly debt traps, so you have money to save for a vacation
  5. Utilize low-cost or staycations

Health Tips:

  1. Schedule daily exercise
  2. Stay in a walkable community and walk
  3. Limit eating out to 1x/day
  4. Eat at local markets and/or go grocery shopping
  5. Establish a routine 


Thanks for listening!