How Vacations Make You Wealthier, Ep #218

How Vacations Make You Wealthier

As family stewards, we think of wealth differently. Many people focus on money. Our wealth might be our family, spirituality, friends, etc. Money might be further down the list. So how do vacations make you wealthy? When you are healthy, you are wealthy. Anyone who struggles with chronic illness would give anything for their health.

In the article “Importance of Taking a Vacation,” Kathryn Isham shares seven health benefits of taking vacations. In this episode of Best in Wealth, I will share Kathryn’s research and why I think it holds up.

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Outline of This Episode

  • [1:04] What is the best vacation you’ve ever taken?
  • [4:03] Bonus benefit: Anticipating your vacation
  • [7:53] Benefit #1: Improved physical health
  • [8:27] Benefit #2: Improved mental health
  • [9:11] Benefit #3: Greater well-being
  • [9:57] Benefit #4: Increased mental motivation
  • [10:42] Benefit #5: Improved family relationships
  • [13:26] Benefit #6: Decreased burnout
  • [14:56] Benefit #7: Boosted happiness

Benefit #1: Improved physical health

Did you know that stress contributes to heart disease and high blood pressure? The Framingham Heart Study (FHS) found that women who took a vacation once every six years or less were eight times more likely to suffer from coronary heart disease or experience a heart attack, compared to those who vacation twice a year. What a great excuse to vacation, right?

Benefit #2: Improved mental health

Neuroscientists have found that chronic exposure to stress can alter your brain structure: “Stress can cause an imbalance…[which impacts] cognition, decision making, anxiety and mood.” Vacations help calm you and relieve stress. I do not know about you, but anticipating a vacation improves my mental health.

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Benefit #3: Greater well-being

According to a Gallup Poll, “Making time for regular trips or vacations with family and friends is linked to higher overall well-being.” In her article, Kathryn also points out that three days after a vacation people sleep better and are in better moods compared to the time before their vacation.

Benefit #4: Increased mental motivation

Many people are more focused and productive once they return from a vacation. Studies have found that chronic stress can make it difficult to achieve certain tasks and lead to memory problems. Taking time off is a “tune-up” for your brain. It makes sense that you would be more revived and focused, right?

Benefit #5: Improved family relationships

As a family steward, I believe that family time matters. You can certainly create family time in everyday life—do not get me wrong. We make a point to eat family dinners together at least 2–3 times a week to build our relationships.

But there is something special about taking vacations together. When we are on vacation, we share every meal together. We spend time at the pool, hiking, and biking together. Spending time with my family is the best time spent.

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Benefit #6: Decreased burnout

According to the Harvard Business Review, “Employees are 43% less likely to experience high levels of burnout when they have a choice in deciding what tasks to do, when to do them, and how much time to spend on each.” I think vacations fall into that statement, don’t you?

No one wants to experience a burned-out employee (or business owner). When we decrease burnout, we are addressing our mental, physical, and spiritual needs. Think about the weight you bear trying to be a good parent, provide for your family, and save for retirement. It is so easy to get burned out. We cannot afford it.

Benefit #7: Boosted happiness

Research shows that planning a vacation can boost your happiness. Some people experience an elevated mood up to eight weeks before their trip! If we can boost our happiness, we boost our health.

The bottom line? If you can afford to take a vacation, take one. If you cannot afford one now, start saving. A vacation can help you feel refreshed and able to handle whatever life throws your way.

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The Best In Wealth Podcast is hosted by Scott Wellens. Scott Wellens is the principal at Fortress Planning Group. Fortress Planning Group is a registered investment advisory firm regulated by the Securities Act of Wisconsin in accordance and compliance with securities laws and regulations. Fortress Planning Group does not render or offer to render personalized investment or tax advice through the Best In Wealth Podcast. The information provided is for informational purposes only and does not constitute financial, tax, investment or legal advice.

About the author, Scott Wellens

Scott Wellens, CFP® is an investment advisor and founder of Fortress Planning Group. After earning his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Scott quickly ascended to become a Vice President of North American Sales at a major regional provider of telecommunications infrastructure. While financially successful in this role, Scott searched for ways to pursue his passion related to financial literacy and providing financial freedom for both his own family and others. During his search, Scott became curious about the significant gap he found in the financial services sector: he was unable to find a comprehensive financial planner that maintained a family stewardship lens without being attached to financial products. Scott decided to fill that gap by creating his own planning firm that maintains a strong passion for comprehensive, unbiased wealth planning that is genuinely client-centered.

Scott resides in Menomonee Falls, WI with his family. He is the father of three active and independent daughters who keep him on his toes. Scott is an active community member, serving on the Hamilton Education Foundation Board, serves as a Dave Ramsey Financial Peace facilitator and leads the All Pro Dad’s group at their local elementary school. Scott enjoys spending his free time visiting state parks with his family, reading, and watching the Milwaukee Bucks and the Green Bay Packers win ball games.

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