According to the American Nurses Association, a healthy nurse is “one who actively focuses on creating and maintaining a balance and synergy of physical, intellectual, emotional, social, spiritual, personal and professional wellbeing. A healthy nurse lives life to the fullest capacity.”

Why do I bring this up? Because time away from work to recharge your internal battery is one of the best ways to re-energize your ability to help people. Maybe the high cost of summer travel for you and your family didn’t allow you the opportunity to take a vacation during the summer months. Or, perhaps you’re the type of person who doesn’t use your paid time off. If this is the case, you still have plenty of time to consider an autumn get-a-way to recalibrate your work-life balance. After all, there are many perks of traveling in the fall, and it’s undeniably one of the most beautiful times of the year for an excursion.

Here are five reasons to leave work behind, channel your inner wanderlust, and take a trip this season.

1. The weather is perfect.

There’s no waiting in long lines or walking around in the sweltering heat this time of year. In fact, temperatures aren’t too hot or too cold, and they allow for a more comfortable exploration of a new city. Pack up some flannel shirts, a puffy vest, and your preferred walking shoes and get moving!

2. Travel in the fall is considered “off-season,” which usually means lower prices.

According to a 2017 article from Business Insider, “For travelers on a budget, fall is one of the cheapest times of the year to travel. Technically the ‘off-season,’ both airfare and hotels are generally cheaper in the fall than in the summer or during the holidays.”

3. The sightseeing lines are shorter than during the summer.  

With children back in school and parents back to work, many of the lines at your desired travel destination will be smaller. Whether you travel alone or with your family, fewer lines and shorter wait times mean you get to see and experience more than if you took your vacation during peak months of the year.

4. You’re more likely to find tickets to popular attractions.

With fewer tourist crowds, you’ll probably have an easier time scoring tickets to your favorite festivals, musicals, museum exhibitions, dining spots, or other entertainment. Been dying to see Hamilton? Now might be your chance! (There’s still tickets available. I checked!)

5. The fall foliage is breathtaking.

We can’t talk about autumn travels without mentioning the brilliant spectrum of colors you’ll encounter. With vibrant rusts, reds, yellows, and oranges, you’ll have fantastic views at every turn. If you choose to go camping or stay in a cabin, you’ll immerse yourself in the rejuvenating sights and sounds of nature on dazzling fall days.

Jennifer Lelwica Buttaccio

Jenny Lelwica Buttaccio, OTR/L, is a Chicago-based, freelance lifestyle writer, licensed occupational therapist, and certified Pilates instructor. Her expertise is in health, wellness, fitness, and chronic illness management.

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