Why a summer holiday is important New Life Work stress, family strains, daily life – it all adds up and leaves us feeling less than our best. What is the answer to this? A holiday of course! Whilst many see a holiday as a luxury, I firmly see it as a right, and something that is not only good for the soul, but also good for health. Stress is a huge factor in illness these days, and this can be helped by taking a break away from it all, gaining a new perspective, and just giving your body and mind time to readjust and chill out. There are plenty of cheap holidays out there if you take the time to look, so cost need not be a huge factor. Of course, going away itself can be stressful if you let it, but again that can be gotten around, simply by being organised and checking out important information before you leave. For example, I regularly check my up to date flight information in the days leading up to my departure. This isn’t me being totally backwardly organised, it’s me knowing where I need to be, when, and armed with all the knowledge I need to make my travel day go smoothly. Try it, believe me, it helps cut out fly day stress. I’m not suggesting you jet off to the most far flung destination you can think of, or a once in a lifetime holiday resort, as a holiday truly is what you make it. A week’s break in Benidorm can be just as much fun as a week somewhere mega expensive, and if you plan activities and beach time into your break, you’ll have the best of both worlds, and plenty of memories to remember it by. Another argument I believe to be firm, is that if you have children, a holiday together as a unit is vitally important. The holidays I went on as a child are still fresh in my mind, and they’re the memories I cherish and hold dear. Back in my day, we often just went to the East Coast in a caravan for a few days, but spending time splashing in the sea, building sandcastles, and winning teddy bears in the amusements are all things I can remember like it was yesterday. These days it can be cheaper to jump on a plane to a European summer destination than it can to holiday in the UK, but it really is a case of finding a bargain and heading off for some summer fun, regardless of where you choose. So, the next time you begin to think ‘can I really afford it?’ or, ‘can we really be bothered?’ stop and think for a while – stress is bad for you, holidays are good for you. Do I need to go on?