When March 30th arrives, so does National Virtual Vacation Day, reminding us all to relax, recharge, and rejuvenate no matter where we are.
Vacations restore our minds, bodies, and souls. For example, studies show that taking a vacation lowers the risk of heart disease. They also help hone our problem-solving skills and promote overall brain health. Furthermore, we’re more satisfied with the money spent on vacations than material goods.
However, virtual vacations do not require money, packing, or transcontinental flights. All you need to achieve a virtual vacation is your imagination and free VR apps or a VR headset.
If you can dream it, you can achieve a virtual vacation. Enjoy an exciting African safari. Or hike the exotic Amazon rainforest. Then hit the beach in Bali, or join in the festivities at Mardi Gras. Explore a space vacation if you dare! Adventurers to armchair travelers thrill at the possibilities.
February is the month of love. On the 14th day of the second month of the year, Valentine’s Day is celebrated all over the world, the protector of lovers. It is the day in which many couples renew their marriage vows, the day in which many lovers take advantage of it to give themselves gifts and spend a pleasant day and evening together.
Surely, there is no shortage of events that you can participate in to celebrate this romantic day in big cities such as Mahoning Valley, New York City and Los Angeles, your hometown or the main European capitals. But there is one particular place in the world where Valentine’s Day is celebrated by an entire city.
How to spend a unique Valentine’s Day in Italy
Let’s go to Italy. We are in Umbria, in the city of Terni where Saint Valentine was born in the year 176. Here the Bishop and Christian martyr, who loved to spread love among all living beings, became the saint of lovers’ day. Therefore, to spend an original Valentine’s Day, there is no better place than Terni, where this tradition was born,
On that particular day, the small Italian city of 100,000 inhabitants becomes the center of the world. Located a few miles from Rome, spending that day in Terni will certainly give you sensations never experienced before.
Between events, local beauties, and Italian food
There is no shortage of events organized in the city. On February 14, couples arrive in Terni from all over the world, they get married right in the basilica of San Valentino, getting married in the city of love is priceless.
In the city, on the other hand, the event linked to chocolate called Cioccolentino takes place. Chocolate-related events take place from December 10 to 14. In the streets of the city and it is possible to taste many types of chocolate, one of the most aphrodisiac foods in the world. They are all seasoned with pleasant musical entertainment on the streets of the city.
If you decide to spend Valentine’s Day in Terni (we highly recommend it), a stop at the Marmore Falls is mandatory (a reservation is required). Here there is the highest artificial waterfall in Europe with the characteristic balcony of lovers, an incredible place to admire the waterfalls even closer with your partner and immortalize an unforgettable moment. In addition to this, the entire waterfall is worth a visit, with its paths and green bush.
A food tour cannot be missing. On that precise day, many restaurants prepare Valentine’s menu where couples, in addition to visiting the city, and participating in organized events, can also delight in the local cuisine. Suggestive are some of the places around the Cascata delle Marmore or Lake Piediluco, another place to admire, a place that takes you to another dimension. Here it is possible to eat the famous lake fish of the area. But even in the city, there is no shortage of clubs and restaurants where you can taste the typical local dishes.
Traveling to Italy by stopping in Terni, especially during Valentine’s Day is something to try, to renew the love of a couple, but also to enjoy the beauty of this town, small but attractive at any time of the year.
National Plan for Vacation Day, on the last Tuesday in January, reminds us to plan our vacation at the start of the year for the rest of the year. The early bird gets to pack their bags and fly away to a little fun and relaxation!
With the frigid temperatures and growing snow piles, it’s easy to start daydreaming of sunny skies. Who else is dreaming of sandcastles and the vacation days to come? But, for many Americans, those vacation dreams turn out to be just that: a dream.
Each year, Americans leave more than 600 million vacation days unused. Our work martyr attitudes combined with a culture of silence in the workplace is keeping workers at their desks instead of using their time off.
To change this, National Plan for Vacation Day reminds us to plan our vacation at the start of the year for the rest of the year. When it comes to taking a vacation, it is the planners of the world who get the job done. Planners are more likely to take all their vacation time in a given work year and take more extended vacations than non-planners. They are also happier with their jobs, relationships, and health. So don’t knock the planners who get out the door to vacation! Get planning!!
HOW TO OBSERVE PLAN FOR VACATION DAY
Three Easy Steps to Planning a Vacation
Planning a vacation does not have to be a monumental task. Here are three easy steps to make it happen:
Determine how much time off you earn. Look up the number of vacation days you earn by checking with your finance or HR team. Don’t forget to make a note of any office closures.
Coordinate calendars. Plot out your year—enter the number of days you earn, put your vacation dreams on the calendar, and use your custom link to get your family and friends involved in the planning.
Share your plans. Once you have your days determined, use the calendar to export your plans to Outlook, Gmail, or other electronic calendars to share with your boss, co-workers, and family.
As we close out a month of resolutions, make this the year you focus on your bucket list—not your to-do list.
Get ready to plan your vacation and use #PlanForVacation on social media.