Boulder City Magazine® July 2008 Issue
by Ihla Crowley
Here's To "Shoulder Season" and Good Health
What is the best time to travel to Europe? For many, including me, Shoulder Season April, May, early June, September and early October offers the best mix of peak-season and off-season pros and cons. That’s why my personal and Catch the Wind Tours trips to Italy, France, Greece, and other European locations, are almost always scheduled during these months.
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|According to Rick Steves, “In the shoulder season you’ll enjoy decent weather, long days, fewer crowds and a local tourist industry that is still eager to please and entertain.” It’s cheaper to travel in winter, but the cons bitter cold (much of Europe is in Canadian latitudes), shorter days, closed or limited hours for attractions might outweigh the benefits. Summer is hot and the crowds formidable. Shoulder Season is, therefore, just right.
So, thinking of taking a vacation, preferably in the Shoulder Season, but need a little push? Here are some health benefits of vacation travel, as offered by the Travel Industry Association.
On a scale of 1 to 5, travelers rate their overall health 1 full point higher while on vacation.
Travelers say they get three times more deep sleep and sleep almost 20 minutes longer after their vacation.
Even the anticipation of vacation travel generates an increase in positive feelings about one’s life as a whole, family, economic situation, and health.
An annual vacation can cut a person’s risk of heart attack by 50 percent!
Women who take more vacations are more satisfied with their marriages.
More than half of employed Americans say they come back feeling reconnected with their family after a vacation.
Three out of four executives believe that vacations are necessary for them to prevent burnout or that vacations improve their personal job performance.
Travelers experience a 25% increase in performance on vigilance tests after returning from a vacation.
For more helpful information, affordable tours, and more, visit www.driftersister.com.
Catch the wind…
Taste the rain…
And touch all of your tomorrows…
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