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My wife points out the Knoxnews article on Vacation Deficit Disorder ( )

Americans take just 10 vacation days a year. … Europeans … take five to eight weeks of vacation time annually. … Japanese, who exhibit similar workaholic tendencies to Americans, get away from the office about 18 days a year.

I want to move to Europe!

… Nine nights is the ideal vacation length … Vacation Deficit Disorder is killing us. Medical studies point to more instances of irritability, insomnia, hypertension and heart disease among those who have too little playtime. The bottom line: vacations make us live longer. That’s the best reason to go away and have fun.

I have had one vacation that I can think of since 1997. That was a week at Disney World where everyone, including Cathy, expected me to propose to Cathy. Prior to reading this I had actually made a commitment to myself that I am going to budget for vacations. My kids need the experience of travel. The other day Noah was in a conversation and vacations came up he matter-of-factly blurted out “we don’t take vacations.” That made me sad.

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