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US workers forfeited an astounding 669 million vacation days last year, according to Project: Time Off, a research group headed by the US Travel Association. This stat reminded me of the tremendous importance vacations and leisure time have in our lives. Did you know that people who take vacations are healthier, have fewer heart attacks and strokes, and live longer…

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How Travel Provides The Right Kinds of Risk-Taking for Teens and Adults

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It comes as no surprise to both parents and teens that adolescents and young adults crave taking risks and experimenting with boundaries. Risk-taking is central to building the skills and confidence that launch independent lives, helping to navigate from the dependency of childhood to the responsibility of adulthood. While the drive to do things independently away from their parents is...
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14 Ways Just Trying to Speak a Foreign Language Improves Mental Agility and Social Skills

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Have your travels taken you to a foreign country where you were unable to communicate with others (including animals as Jane Goodall shows us) because you didn’t know their language? Yet even the thought of quickly learning conversational phrases seemed a daunting if not impossible task? For those of us who are monolingual (meaning we speak just one language), learning...
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Why Travel Is So Good For Your Brain

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Travel has long been associated with wellness at virtually every age: it breaks up routines, pushes the reset button on our lives, and we encounter new places, people, and things.  When young, we think of summer camp or family vacations. For high school and college agers, we think of gap year travel or “study abroad” programs. In adulthood, we think...
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What’s Love Got To Do With It?

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Stepping along ancient cobbled stones, your senses flood with differing shades of ochre-painted houses and rainbows of flowers pouring from clay pots outside each doorway.  Winding your way to the town center you anticipate the scrumptious meal and delicious wine that awaits you. You are captivated by this community full of work, play, art and life at its fullest.  It’s…

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