I’m Lonely In My Marriage

Q: I’m married and lonely. My husband, age 68, has his own business, works six days a week with 10- to 12-hour days, and is recovering from prostate cancer surgery, with a low testosterone count.  Meanwhile, I’m home alone every day by myself with no friends nearby or opportunities to make them (we live in a vacation community with no permanent residents). The one day a week hubby does take off, he sleeps until noon or later to catch up …

Want Better Results at Work? Take a Vacation!

This is a guest post from Nancy Collamer, M.S., a career coach, speaker and author. || According to a 2012 CareerBuilder.com survey, only 65 percent of full-time U.S. employees have taken or plan to take a vacation this year, down from 80 percent in 2007. There are many reasons for this downward trend-financial worries and concerns about job security-but even though these worries are justified, I still think it’s a shame that Americans are increasingly reluctant to take the time off they’ve earned. …

Caregiver Respite: 5 Ways to Make It Last

The magic number for the trip was “5.” Five days of the sound of ocean. Five days of reading magazines. Five days of eating scrumptious seafood in lovely beachside restaurants. Five days of chatting non-stop with my dear friend of 45 years, Laurette. It took me five days of this nirvana to finally wake up in the morning without a panicky feeling, “What didn’t I do before I left? What do I need to get done today? What have I …

Does Hawaii Live Up To the Tourism Brochures?

A dream vacation to the Hawaiian Islands is on the bucket list of nearly every baby boomer. As we contemplate such a trip, the dream bubble that pops up above our head contains beautiful white sand beaches, hula dancers, a Hawaiian Luau, pineapples, tiki-torches, lush, green tropical mountains, volcanoes, moonlit walks on the beach, the sound of a strumming ukulele, and a lot of romance.  Right? However, the real question is this: Can a visit to the Hawaiian Islands live up …

Cross “Dream Vacation” Off the Bucket List in 2012

It seems likely that 2012 will provide travelers their last window of opportunity to take advantage of recession pricing as the US economy seems like it might be gasping for new life. According to a recent report in the Federal Reserve Beige Book, “reports from most Districts pointed to solid gains or high levels of travel and tourist activity, with pickups evident in both the business and leisure segments. Tourism activity was reported to be above the levels from twelve …

Leaving Vacation Time on the Table: Your Thoughts

In late June I highlighted an AARP Bulletin article Scared to Go On Vacation? by Diane Cadrain. The stat about 46% of American workers leaving some vacation time on the table drew quite a bit of interest. Folks responded on our Facebook page and via article comments. Here are some excerpts: “Many people don’t take all their vacation because they have assumed more responsibilities due to attrition. This combined with the perspective of ‘out of sight, out of mind’ philosophy …