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Every excuse you'll ever need to take a holiday


Every excuse you'll ever need to take a holiday

story by: Anna Sarjeant

Looking for new and inventive ways to persuade your boss, partner ​or even yourself that you need a holiday? Here are some very valid reasons ​to take a break.  

1. Holidays are great value
Have you seen our deals lately? Just the other week we had flights and seven nights on the Sunshine Coast for $739pp. With more airlines circumnavigating the globe than ever, competition is fierce, and so are their prices. Airfares are increasingly better value. Pick your destination wisely and being there needn’t cost you a fortune either. Dinner in Vietnam will only set you back $3, hells bells you can go all-out fancy and still only spend $10, or scrap that and book a 60-minute massage in Bali – it’s ​only a tenna. 

2. Holidays increase dopamine
That’s the neurotransmitter (chemical brain substances) responsible for drive, focus and concentration. Now, we don’t mean to alarm you, but according to scientists, low dopamine levels can result in a lack of motivation, fatigue, addictive behaviour, mood swings​ and memory loss. If you thought a holiday was solely sun, sea and an expanded waistline, think again, holidays help to boost dopamine levels. And increased dopamine levels allow us to have feelings of enjoyment, bliss, and even euphoria. Gracious, you best book the poolside villa.  

3. Life's too short

Ah that old ​cliche. But let us tell you about a social media post that went viral ​a few years ago - when a nurse revealed a list of common regrets people confess on their deathbeds (bear with us, it's not all gloomy). High on the list, “I wish I didn’t work so hard.” Because what are you not doing when you’re working? You’re certainly not having a holiday. Apparently Kiwis waste something close to seven million days of leave EVERY. SINGLE. YEAR. We don’t need to clarify that this means a lot of us are turning down 20 days of pure freedom. We’d call you all fools, but we’re not that rude.   

4. Sunshine increases vitamin D
Vitamin D is a great vitamin to have in your life. Foremost it helps the body absorb calcium and promotes bone growth. Turns out vitamin D does a whole stack of other cool things too. It’s thought to help reduce the dreaded flu (according to 2010 research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, and we’ve heard they’re never wrong*). It’s also believed to fight depression and possibly boosts weight loss (that means you can load up on another pre-dinner Pina Colada and not even care - vitamin D, baby!) And guess where you’ll find this magic vitamin? Yup, on holiday. It’s produced in your skin as a response to sunlight, so make a beeline for Hawaii.

*we haven’t heard otherwise either.

5. Holidays make you clever
Fact. Did you know that the expression ‘below the belt’ derives from Roman gladiators who were forbidden from pelting their opponent’s crown jewels? Because if you did go for the gonads (and therefore strike below the belt) it was considered totally un-sportsmanlike. Want to know how this author even knows that? Certainly wasn’t because a great deal of attention was paid in history. ​But one trip to Rome later, a walking tour of the Colosseum, and bish bash bosh - every (holi)day's a school day. ​If you want to impress friends and family with your big brains, simple, take a holiday.  

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