Even though they have a huge range of holiday destinations within a stone’s throw, a third of Australians in fulltime employment won’t take a day’s leave this year
Australia’s largest study into annual leave accrual conducted by Tourism Australia showed that nearly sixty per cent of full-time workers didn’t use up their annual leave entitlement of four weeks.Many Australians have accummulated 8 weeks or more leave.
The study also revealed that Aussies work the longest hours in the developed world.
Short, weekend breaks have grown in popularity as the traditional, three-week family seaside holiday goes out of favour. The economic slowdown has also contributed to the slump in tourism, both domestic and international. But while a weekend escape is seen by many as sufficient to recharge the batteries, health experts have a different view.
According to the experts, holidays are an essential component of a healthy life.Researchers from the State University of New York at Oswego did a study on over twelve thousand men between the ages of 35 and 57 and found that men who took annual holidays reduced their overall risk of dying by about twenty per cent.By taking leave, they can also reduce their risk of death from heart disease by up to 30%.
With world-class destinations on their doorstep, Australians have no excuse to skip on holidays. West Australians have the attractions of the Margaret River area within a few hours’ drive, and with a diversity of quality accommodation in Margaret River to choose from, even the most jaded tourist will be energised.Extraordinary natural beauty, wineries, spectacular coastline, restaurants, local attractions and a huge variety of holiday accommodation in Margaret River, make it an unbeatable vacation destination.
Experts tell us that regular holidays are good for our well-being.According to a study done in 2005 by the Marshfield Clinic in Wisconsin, women who didn’t take regular breaks were 2 to 3 times more likely to be depressed than those who took regular holidays.
Australians are among the worst in the world when it comes to skipping holidays.Men between the ages of 35 and 49 working in the corporate world have accrued the most leave, with half of them having children under the age of 12.
And that’s just not right, says Seaside Holiday Home Accommodation, a Margaret River self-catering accommodation agency with over 60 hand-selected properties in its portfolio. “Just as adults need regular holidays to de-stress and recharge the batteries, kids need time in a relaxed environment so they can communicate and bond together with the family. By renting holiday accommodation in Dunsborough, Yallingup or anywhere in the Margaret River area, families can enjoy a peaceful, private environment which is beneficial to everyone’s health and happiness.”