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In a world of fast-paced, hyper-competitive workplaces, holidays and vacations are becoming more important than ever. Chronic stress can be biologically destructive, and regular vacations can combat the damage done. In fact, a study was conducted to test this idea—the Framingham Heart Study, which was completed in 1992. The gold standard for long-term health studies, this experiment tracked workers for over 20 years. They found that individuals (men, in particular) who did not take vacations were around 30% more likely to have a heart attack. For women, this rate increased to 50%. The numbers hold true even in the face of factors like diabetes, cigarette use, income levels, and obesity.

Taking a vacation is not only a great way to break up your schedule—the health benefits are palpable. Your Holiday Matters is devoted to the idea that, well, your holiday is important. We produce material to help you make the most of your time away. This includes, but is not limited to, suggested destinations, the best times for travel, how to save money, and why you shouldn’t compromise on that dream vacation spot.

This site is split into two main categories: Don’t Overlook and Don’t Compromise. The “Don’t Overlook” category will investigate the aspects of travel worth considering while making decisions—specific travel periods, flight advice, and information about details like travel insurance. The “Don’t Compromise” category will include pieces on the details you should not compromise on while travelling, allowing you to make the most of your holiday—taking the trip you always wanted, finding your dream vacation rental, and more.

In essence, this site will break down each aspect of your vacation and determine if it is worth the effort of a follow-through. Your holiday matters—to us, to your family, and—most importantly—to you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

    • Volcanos and Penguins and Wine Oh My
      The 28 or so hours traveling here has proven to be more than worth itWhile the flight from Houston to Santiago was overnight and in the dark the three hours from Santiago to Punta Arenas were spent winging over the Andes. Amazing is a word overused i
    • The World Famous Tournament of Roses Parade
      No Rose Parade this year. But I have great memories. My only remaining wish or should I say dream is for my Cal Golden Bears to actually play in the Rose Bowl game on January 1. I last went to the famous Rose Parade when I was a kid 1959 to be exact
    • There's always a party in Laos
      Several days before leaving Vang Vieng we rose to find Roger Dave and Grandma behaving most peculiarly. The pups were lolling in the shade with heavy lids over bloodshot eyes they had no interest in ongoing events and were seemingly unableuninclined t
    • Namibia Day 8 Sossusvlei Deadvlei Sesriem Canyon
      We woke up nice and early to head out to the last big adventure and the one I was most looking forward to Sossusvlei We had a good breakfast on the terrace overlooking the desert with the owners feeding the local squirrels and birds and other such lucky
    • An extraordinary journey to....our HOMES
      No matter how much darkness life brings fight because darkness cant exist without lights. As long as were alive and trying well get through this hell.Jessica E. Larsen.Here we are on the cusp of ending another year and
    • A Cure for 2020 Going up in Flames
      Two things brought me back to Orlando for the third time in the past year the color pink and the chance to see whats been called Americas Team in person. On top of that I got to try some offbrand KFC that punished my body the next day so t
    • Trinidad History Museum Trinidad Colorado USA
      It was in the summer of 2016 when I visited the Trinidad History Museum and received a great tour. I got entry and a full tour of the Baca House and the Bloom Mansion for free. Now they have a small entry fee. I started with the main museum with the exhi