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A recent survey on how many Americans actually use their paid vacation days shows that only 38 percent use all of those days. In 2018, over 650 million vacation days were unused. Such a huge number is a matter of concern especially that there’s a strong connection between the times you take days off for vacation and the state of your mental health. 

 

It’s easy to understand why a lot of individuals have been skipping out on their paid vacation days. Vacations can be quite expensive and for some, it’s just impractical. Nevertheless, experts say that people should take time off from their daily stressors at work. It is essential when it comes to one’s mental health.

 

 

When you take a break from your work, it is important that you maintain your overall well-being. If you are constantly exposed to the stress of work, it is unavoidable that you will suffer negative consequences both on your body and mind. 

 

Taking a vacation will help your body in lowering cortisol levels. When this happens, then stress is reduced and your mental health improves. Vacations also help in replenishing your ability to have creative thoughts. You can daydream all you want and just think of anything that you want to think about. 

 

Another valuable thing that you’ll get during vacation is sleep. Ample sleep is valuable to your mental health. If you sleep well, you will also feel more energized. It means that you will have both the time and the energy for exercise and other physical activities that you may not have tried before. 

Statistics show that on average, Americans take 2 “mental health days” annually. But a couple of days away from stressors may not be sufficient for most individuals to be able to fully recharge. This is especially true when the vacation time is spent on accommodating other stressors such as chores and other responsibilities at home or with family. 

 

Nevertheless, it doesn’t mean that you need to stay somewhere luxurious or spend money you don’t have for a two-week vacation. A good kind of break is something that just takes you away from your usual routine. It doesn’t have to be expensive. There are plenty of domestic destinations you can go to that can help your mind and body relax. 

Staycations are also a thing these days. You can simply stay at home, sleep, read, or watch movies. It’s not necessary to have a change of scenery. All you need is to be able to disconnect from your daily routine. Taking several days to relax will be helpful for everyone. However, you should remind yourself that you should relax and not take on other stressors during that time. 

 

When you decide to stay at home for your paid vacation days, do not get stressed over the chores or errands. If you like to garden or do some DIY projects, that’s fine. But don’t stress over it. Once any activity becomes too demanding, remind yourself why you’re on vacation leave. Take the time to relax so your body and especially your mind can relax. 


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Royal Wedding Locations You Need To Visit

Many of the locations of famous royal weddings are open to the public. Here are five of them you simply have to see.

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With the upcoming wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, royal weddings seem to be the only thing people can talk about these days. And while it’s a little out of control, we’re not complaining! There’s just something about the extravagance and pageantry of it all that is undeniably fascinating. But for the longest time, I always assume it was something so completely out of reach that I would never be able to experience even the slightest bit of what being at a royal wedding is like.

Well, I was wrong! You can actually visit many of the locations where royal weddings have happened over the years. Here are just five of them. I know I’m going to try and see at least a couple of these before I die!

YORK MINSTER

This stunning cathedral is, of course, located in York, England. It was the home to two royal weddings. First, in 1328, King Edward II married Philippa of Hainault, making her his Queen. Then, in 1961, Edward, Duke of Kent married his love, Katharine Worsley. Also, the city of York is really something to be seen. So this is a great location if you’re looking for a proper England experience with a little royal flavor.

THE ISLE OF WIGHT

This island getaway off the coast of Southampton was actually home to two royal weddings. The Osborn House is on the Isle of Wight, which was once the vacation home of Prince Albert and Queen Victoria. Their second daughter, Princess Alice, was married right there at the house. While her little sister, Princess Beatrice, was actually married at the Church of St. Mildred at Whippingham, which is just a short trip away from the Osborn House.

WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL

The Winchester Cathedral in Hampshire was also home to two different royal weddings. First, in 1403, King Henry IV of England married his second wife, Joanna of Navarre at the Cathedral. Then, in 1554, Mary I married King Philip II of Spain. Mary I was famously the first woman to rule England and her marriage to King Philip was famously an unpleasant one. So This is a great place to eat up a little royal history!

HAMPTON COURT

This truly gorgeous property was long-owned by the one and only Henry VIII. Yes, the Henry VIII that was married not four, not five, but six times. In fact, his sixth and final wedding took place at Hampton Court. He married Katherine Parr there in 1543. The Court is still kept in immaculate condition and is definitely worth a stop if you’re in the area.

CANTERBURY

Canterbury is a perfectly quaint and charming English town. It was here, in 1625, that King Charles I married Henrietta Maria of France. Their marriage was famous for Henrietta’s loyalty to King Charles after a civil war broke out during his reign. She stayed loyal to him even after the civil war resulted in the execution of her husband and her king. A regular Romeo and Juliet over here!

 

And those are just a few of the amazing a beautiful locations that have hosted royal weddings. But there are plenty more to be seen if you’d like to do some more homework. I’m just trying to get you started! The rest is up to you.

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Check Out The Hottest Penthouse Suites In The World

We put together a list of the dopest penthouse suites around the world so that when you want to feel decadent you know the best places to do it at.

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When you’re staying in a hotel why stay in a normal room like a dud? Head on up to the penthouse suites and stay in style. But let’s be honest, some penthouse suites aren’t worth the money. If the suite is lame then what’s the point? When you want to stay in a penthouse suite you need to make sure it will be luxurious enough so that it is worth your time and money. That is why we put together a list of the dopest penthouse suites around the world so that when you want to feel decadent you know the best places to do it at.

 

The Silo, Cape Town, South Africa
The Silo Hotel is Cape Town is an amazing structure that was built to do one thing: look beautiful. This hotel actually used to be an elevator shaft in a historic grain silo complex. The rest of the giant building is an African art museum that has art that’s almost as beautiful as this suite’s views.
The windows bulge outwards so you have an amazing view that has to be seen to be believed. The penthouse rings it at around 2,012-square-feet. You have nothing above you, besides the pool and bar that sit on the rooftop. Now that’s sweet.

 

The Whitby, New York
The Whitby suite sits on the 16th floor of the Whitby hotel. Actually, it’s not just located on the 16th floor, it IS the 16th floor.
This penthouse unbelievably takes up the entire 16th floor of the hotel and is beyond deluxe. You have 1,845-square-feet in the middle of Midtown Manhattan to do whatever you want. The style of this suite is something that is truly remarkable and the colors are vibrant and fantastic. You don’t have to stay in your room because the suite also comes with a terrace so you can enjoy the outdoors while still having plenty of space in one of the most crowded cities in the world.

 

Il Sereno, Lake Como, Italy
You don’t need to go to a giant building to get a great penthouse suite and the Il Sereno penthouse suite is proof.
This hotel is actually all suites but they have two penthouses on the top floor. The hotel is only four stories tall so it’s not that long of an elevator ride when you’re trying to get your room. This suite is right on the water though so you really get to live it up and the look of the rooms is ultra modern. Plus you get delicious meals from a Michelin star chef amongst the beautiful vertical gardens. What more do you need?

 

The William Vale, Brooklyn, New York
This penthouse suite is unbelievable thanks to the amazing terrace that offers incredible views of Lower Manhattan.
There is also an open-air jacuzzi and luxuries you wouldn’t dream of in one of the biggest cities in the world. The furnished patio will blow you away. You can spend a lot of time here, trust me.

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Plan Accordingly If You Want To Catch These Rarely Open Tourist Attractions

Check out these 5 amazing but part-time tourist attractions.

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 The word “tourist” has become a bit of a negative one at this point. And while most people try their best to avoid being included in the stigma, sometimes we just can’t help it! There are certain places we just have to see and we’re going to take as many pictures as we can.

But some of the biggest tourist attractions in the world aren’t always open! In fact, some of them are only open for a few days out of the year. So you better plan accordingly if you want to see any of them. Here are the top 5 part-time tourist attractions.

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK

Yellowstone is easily one of the most beautiful places in all of America, if not the world. The massive park spans over three states (Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho)! And while the park is technically open to the public year-round, there are certain areas that are definitely worth seeing that have limited access depending on the season.

So depending on what you want to see and experience, there are certain times of the year that are more ideal for different areas. The winters offer beautiful coach rides and snowmobiling fun. While the warmer months are great for hiking and fishing. So plan accordingly! 

CONEY ISLAND

Everybody’s heard about Coney Island. It’s a New York staple and is engrained into the identity of the city. But one of the biggest draws of Coney Island is Luna Park and it’s Ferris wheel, roller coaster, and carnival games. And unfortunately, Luna Park is only open a few months out of the year. So if you’re willing to brave the huge crowds, save a trip to Coney Island for the warm Summer months.

BUCKINGHAM PALACE

We’ve all heard about Buckingham Palace. It’s definitely one of the must-see attractions London has to offer and is right there at the top of the list with Big Ben. But you might be surprised to learn that the interior of the Place, which includes 19 staterooms, is actually only open to the public from mid-July to October 1st.

And on top of that, the lines can get out of control. So be sure to get your tickets in advance and definitely don’t skip out on the tour. If you do make the mistake of missing Buckingham altogether, travel a little out of town to take in Windsor Castle, which is something to see in and of itself.

GRAMERCY PARK

Gramercy Park is the little brother of sorts to the great New York parks of Bryant Park and Central Park. But Gramercy is still a beautiful park that is still worth exploring. Here’s the problem: it’s private! Only people that live in the nearby buildings are given keys to enter.

So if you’re in New York and want to take in this park, you better know someone that lives right next door, or you better be there on Christmas Eve. It’s the one day of the year the park is open to the public!

ICEHOTEL

This is a bit of a hidden gem as many people still don’t know about it. But this place is truly incredible. It’s in a Swedish village called Jukkasjarvi and is a hotel built entirely out of ice. And because of this, it actually melts and gets rebuilt every year! It’s only open for business from December to April. And believe me, it is definitely an experience worth having. So if you love trying new things and exploring the world, this is definitely the spot for you!

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