Taking vacations makes you a happier, more well-rounded individual – it also makes you more productive. If you haven’t started planning this year’s vacations, here are 5 tips to make it easier to get away from the office.

Everyone needs a little R&R (rest and relaxation) every now and then–yes, even you, busy business owners. In fact, taking a few days to yourself or to your family will likely have significant effects on your overall well-being. Gallup recently published a studythat confirms what many of us already know: taking regular vacations boosts our well-being. Well-being for Gallup means high ratings related to things like sense of purpose, financial security, relationships, community connections, and physical health. There is even a correlation between vacation time and positive health effects on the brain and heart.

This trend is across income lines, so even where you can’t afford to leave the country or take a luxury cruise, a more cost-friendly vacation, like camping or visiting family, can have the same positive effects. However, those with lower incomes are less likely to make vacationing a priority, and only about half of Americans on the whole are taking regular vacations.

Business owners and entrepreneurs are notorious for failing to take vacations, which could be because they do not want to “waste” precious time or money. If you plan effectively, however, you can take a “spendy” vacation on a budget, and because of the health and well-being benefits of vacation, they are never a waste of time. The following is a list of quick tips to help you take your vacation whether your budget is large or small Read More >>>