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
According to a study done by Tourism Australia, nearly 60% of full-time Australian workers don’t utilise their 4 weeks’ annual leave entitlement.Many Aussies have eight weeks or even more of accummulated leave. 
According to the study, people in Australia also work longer hours than anywhere else in the developed world.
When people do go on holiday, they choose a weekend escape over the traditional month-long coastal break.The tourism market has also been affected by the global financial crisis.For many people, a few days’ break will suffice, but some health experts don’t believe it’s nearly enough.
Experts agree that taking regular holidays is essential for good health.  A study from the State University of New York which surveyed over 12 000 men aged 35 to 57 suggested that men who take holidays every year reduce their overall risk of death by about 20 per cent.By taking leave, they can also reduce their risk of death from heart disease by up to 30%.
Australians shouldn’t have any excuse to avoid taking leave, given that they have so many amazing holiday destinations within easy reach.In WA, where the diversity of attractions and great accommodation in Margaret River are only a couple of hours’ drive away, there is something to lift the spirits of even the most exhausted holidaymaker.Breathtaking beaches, cliffs, caves and coastline combined with award-winning wineries, restaurants, shops, activities and quality accommodation in Margaret River make it the perfect holiday destination.
With experts also saying that taking holidays benefits mental health, taking regular holidays makes sense.Findings from the Marshfield Clinic in Wisconsin revealed that women who didn’t take regular vacations were up to three times more likely to suffer from depression than women who did take regular breaks.
Australians are particularly bad in terms of skipping holidays.Corporate men (between the ages of 35 – 49) have accumulated the most leave, and half have kids under 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.”In as much as adults need down-time to relax and recharge the batteries, so too do children need family holidays to really bond together, build memories and communicate in a relaxed environment.  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.”

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