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Americans are overworked and stressed out. Can traveling more help?


I’m not here today with a business class airfare deal. I’m here to ask you a question:

What keeps you from traveling more?

We all have family and work commitments that ensure we cannot spend 365 days a year on vacation. But Americans leave over 700 million unused paid vacation days on the table each year. We are also one of the top 10 most stressed-out countries in the world, according to Inc. magazine. Coincidence? Possibly…

But workers who use all their vacation days report being happier with their job, their company, and their personal relationships. Maybe that’s just a coincidence too…

I personally think travel is one of the most important things you can do to better understand yourself and better understand the world around you.

Mark Twain thought so too:

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.

I’m not talking about the kind of travel where you spend hours trying to get the perfect Instagram photo to make your friends jealous.

I’m talking about finally taking that trip to Italy to view the masterpieces you studied in art history and have always wanted to see in person.

I’m talking about finally booking that trip to “the home country” to meet your ancestors.

I’m talking about meaningful travel that nourishes the mind, invigorates the body, and refreshes the soul.

Make a deal with yourself today—right now—to use more of your vacation days. Use them to reconnect with those you love and care about. Use them to give back to those less fortunate. Use them to learn more about your place in the world.

Just use them.

Part of the reason I started Biz Class Only was to make it easier to dream about, research, and book the trips of your dreams to use up every precious vacation day.

So where will you go with the vacation days you’ve rightfully earned?

I look forward to hearing from you and, as always, wish you nothing but clear skies.

Safe travels,
Stephen P., Founder

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