All over social media, you see these “self-care threads” that emphasize the importance of taking time out of your busy day to focus on yourself. But one of the best ways to take time for yourself is to set aside days at a time and take a little bit of a vacation for yourself. If you’ve been toying with the idea of taking a vacation, here are just a few of the benefits afforded to you by a healthy vacation.

It Gives You a Sense of Accomplishment

After saving and planning for months, or even years, to get the vacation of your wildest dreams, you will feel vastly accomplished because of all the hard work that you put in. Sometimes, working your way up by saving the amount of money that it takes to book an all inclusive, five-star resort can be even better than the amenities of the resort themselves.

That said if you’re not sure where to start when it comes to planning a vacation that you’ll never forget, start with the financial planning stage. As boring as it sounds, this is the stage that will determine where you stay, what you eat, and what you do while you’re out having the time of your life. Take it seriously because once it’s all over, you’ll do nothing but thank yourself for putting in all the fiscal effort to get to your own private island, if that’s the vacation that you so choose.

You Make Time to Spend with Family

If you have a family, taking a vacation together while all of you still can is something that not only you but every single member of your family will cherish for years to come. Your children will have memories that they can share with their own children, and you will have pictures and videos that you all can look back on for years to come. There is nothing like spending some quality time as a family with no obligations to anyone but each other. This allows you to focus on each other and each other alone for the first time in probably a while, what with hectic schedules, so it is definitely worth the investment even if only to spend time with family.

As you and everyone in your family grows older, it can be hard to find the time and the financial resources that you need in order to actually have a vacation together. Vacationing together as a family can also help all of you be involved in planning for the future, such as where you will live once you retire.

It Can Help You See What Your Retirement Will Look Like

Choosing the right vacation place could also mean choosing the perfect place for you to retire. If you select a location that you end up truly loving, then why not enjoy your golden years there after you’re done working? You earned it now, and you will have definitely earned it then. Although growing old can be somewhat disconcerting, it can be comforting to know where you will stay after you retire, especially if it is somewhere that you made fantastic memories with your family with. The more connected that you feel to a place, the easier that transition will be. It also helps when the scenery is beautiful.

Sometimes, it can be hard to walk away from the hustle and bustle of life for days at a time. You feel selfish and useless, but in the end, you should know that if you are seriously contemplating taking this time out of your life that you are probably seriously ready for a vacation. Both you and your family members will benefit from a nice vacation, so start saving and planning today!