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Vacation – A Necessity or a Luxury?

Which is it for you?

Growing up in my era…a vacation was considered a luxury. No question. The best we had was an overnight trip to my grandparents cottage.

Then, when I was 9 years old, we took a trip to Miami.  We only went to Miami because my parents had friends there and we could conveniently stay at their home.  That was a luxury.

Then, I  felt like I hit it big when our 8th grade class trip  went to Washington DC.  I thought that was so cool.

Oh, and then there were a few overnight trips to Toronto for hockey when we were supposed to stay with host family.   Instead, I pretended to be sick so I could stay with my parents at the hotel and swim.  Much more fun then staying at a strange house.  This was a luxury!

Today, the standards for a vacation have changed.  Kids have “grown up” on cruise ships. We have clients whose children have been on 10+ cruises…before they graduated from high school.  These kids feel it is an entitlement (Until they have to pay for it!).

Nowadays,  we have been conditioned to believe it is a necessity.  No question. With all the technology, music, TV, e-books, etc most folks, whether they realize it or not, simply need to “unplug” and “decompress” from all the daily requirements of our time and attention.

A true vacation will do that for you.  With all the daily chaos in our world and around us, vacations have become a necessity. There are all kinds of studies and reports to confirm that vacations are actually “healthy.” It is a fact that when you are on vacation for 7-14 days, you “relax” or, get into “vacation mode”, as some travelers say.  I can always spot the people who  have just arrived on a vacation.  They are typically the uptight folks, bickering over every little thing!  After 4-5 days, they tend to unwind, stop their whining, become more social and begin having fun!  Most of the time, by the end of our vacation, we notice how wonderful it is to just relax and enjoy life.

Now, if we can just get a doctor to prescribe a vacation and get it covered in the new healthcare program. Any supporters?


Matt Cervone
President & CEO, Chief Escape Officer
Just Cruises & Vacations


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