You Need a Vacation


In this episode of Building Us podcast, co-hosts Erik Garcia, CFP® and Dr. Matt Morris, LPC, LMFT talk about the significance of taking a vacation and the physical and mental benefits of it. They also share some of their most unforgettable and worth sharing vacation experiences.

Episode Highlights:

  • What was Matt’s great vacation memory? (00:42)
  • Erik says that when he was a child, taking a vacation was something that his parents valued. (1:00)
  • Matt says that Destin, Florida is a magical place for the New Orleanians. (1:51)
  • In Matt’s opinion, vacations are not a luxury, they are a necessity. (2:25)
  • Matt shares a story of his vacation trip to China together with his wife. (2:45)
  • Erik shares a story of his business trip to Prague. (4:47)
  • Matt says research shows that people often value the experience and the memory more than the material possession that they acquired on the trip. (5:45)
  • For Erik, what are the benefits of vacation? (6:06)
  • Matt mentions that chronic stress has a range of negative health effects. (7:06)
  • Matt shares his thoughts about decompression. (10:22)
  • Matt shares that traveling can be really stressful, and he learned that it’s necessary to build in buffer time between the end of your vacation and the start of your work. (15:50)
  • Matt talks about his canceled trip to Japan with his family. (17:15)
  • Erik shares a story about his professional writing retreat with Matt and their friend. (20:45)
  • Matt shares a story when he traveled to Yemen. (21:44)
  • How can we manage our budgets for vacations and trips? (25:46)
  • Erik shares a good example of intentionality. (29:07)
  • Matt says that there’s travel for everyone’s budget. (30:59)
  • Erik mentions that it’s significant to not go into debt to go on vacation. (31:27)
  • Matt shares that there are various ways to achieve the benefits of vacation into your life. (33:37)
  • Erik considers himself a curious traveler. (35:43)

Key Quotes:

  • “Vacations and travel give us these memories that to us are priceless.” – Dr. Matt Morris, LPC, LMFT
  • “We know that chronic stress has all kinds of negative health outcomes. So, getting away and removing yourself from those stressors…has all kinds of documented positive health outcomes.” – Dr. Matt Morris, LPC, LMFT
  • “Buy less stuff and spend more money on experiences.” – Erik Garcia, CFP®

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About Erik Garcia

Hi there, I'm Erik. How you manage your money and other resources impacts practically every aspect of your life. I help individuals and families invest plan for a more secure and predictable financial future. Thanks for taking time on my site!

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