Ready For A Break From The Pandemic? Take A Vacation, It’s Good For You – CBS Miami

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – As more people get vaccinated, locks lifted and capacity limits raised during the pandemic, air travel and road trips to work on a break from work from home increase.

According to some experts, Americans need to take more vacation time and be flexible with their plans.

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“It is very important to take time out from work and focus on friendship and family life again. We have to curb this constant stress, ”said Dr. Rachel Rohaidy, a psychiatrist at Baptist Health

Americans need a pandemic break, but traditionally they aren’t great vacationers. Travel experts say Americans leave roughly a billion vacation days on the table every year.

“Relaxing just isn’t rooted in the US, it’s just part of the culture,” said Dr. Rohaidy.

One of the stress factors on vacation is the cost. When you’re not driving, airfare and other costs can add up. The secret is to set the price you’re willing to pay and be flexible about the schedule.

“By making price a top priority, we can get cheap flights and people can vacation more,” said Scott Keyes, founder of online Scott’s Cheap Flights.

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Keyes said Americans should vacation more, Keys said, even when cheap rates are a top priority.

Keyes suggests choosing cheap flights to destinations that interest you as it may be a better choice than the stress of the big bucks you overpay for that so-called dream trip.

“For example, Miami to Spain for $ 297 round-trip, Miami to Costa Rica for $ 259, or Miami to Alaska for $ 259, all on round-trip full-service airlines,” he said.

Keyes said that if you are flexible and do your research, you can plan on more vacation. Unfortunately, most Americans aren’t wired to take their time.

“We have to stick to our plan, tick the boxes, and it’s a little more stressful for me than saying let’s go when we can afford it. Let’s see what we can see, ”said Dr. Rohaidy.

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Both Keyes and Dr. Rohaidy agree that less money means less stress and that Americans need to take more time, especially after the past 14 months.

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