Many employees prefer to take vacations in the summer or near winter holidays. But that’s a long gap between vacations. Take some time off from work as the weather starts getting better to increase your productivity at work, relax, and attend events exclusive to the spring season, such as cherry blossom festivals.

These Are 10 Reasons Why You Should Take A Vacation This Spring

1. Increase productivity at work

According to the Harvard Business Review, taking vacation days causes you to be more focused and get more work done when you are in the office. Taking a vacation will help you take your mind off of work for a few days and prevent you from feeling burnt out.

2. Spend time with your kids

If you’re kids are still in school they probably have a spring vacation that is at least a week off in March or April. Take time off from work to spend time with them and take them somewhere new! Staying in a vacation rental is a great way to reconnect with your family and relax.

3. Improve your work-life balance

There’s more to life than just working! Many Americans don’t use all of their earned vacations every year. We have to remember that it’s okay to take some personal time off once and a while to relax and explore new places. If you work all of the time you never get to reap the benefits of doing so!

4. National Cherry Blossom Festival

Washington, DC is a beautiful place to visit during the spring because of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. There are a wide variety of events, including a parade, the Blossom Kite Festival, and performances at the Warner Theatre.

5. Mardi Gras

Although Mardi Gras is in the end of February not the spring, it’s still a great excuse to take a vacation and Washington, DC. Make sure to wear gold, purple, and green while you attend the parades and explore the city!

6. Increased happiness

Studies by the Applied Research in Quality of Life journal have revealed that even just planning a vacation and the anticipation of it boosts your mood significantly. Many people feel more motivated while at work knowing that they have a vacation coming up.

7. Other people aren’t on vacation

Who really likes going to a crowded beach or tourist destination on a hot summer day? Take advantage of the fact that you are one of the view people taking a vacation at this time of year. Explore places during the weekdays that are normally crowded on weekends when you have off!

8. It’s cheaper than a summer vacation

Depending on when you decide to go on vacation, flights and hotels or vacation rentals may be significantly cheaper if it’s not peak season for your destination. For example, take a vacation when most colleges aren’t on spring break so you don’t have to pay inflated prices.

9. Rochester Lilac Festival

Located in Washington, DC, the Rochester Lilac Festival is an annual 10-day event and popular spring tradition. Each day includes performances by singers and even magicians. There is also a kid area with bounce houses and a zip line. The festival is free to attend!

10. County fairs and rodeos

Many county fairs and rodeos are held in March and April, especially in Texas. The Goliad County Fair & Rodeo is typically held on the third weekend in march. Rodeo Austin, furthermore, is an annual 15-day event held in March that includes concerts with some of the top country singers. We also put together this list of the best rodeos in all fifty states for you.

This article was written by Colleen Regan.