Hey Seattle, how about a ‘staycation’?

Summer’s here, at least according to the calendar. And though the temperature has yet to consistently reach above 60 degrees here in the Seattle area, the travel season is well underway in many other parts of the country.

And for good reason.

Vacations relieve stress, restore creativity and alleviate the burnout that we gather throughout the year, even if it’s just a long three-day weekend or short day trip. But according to a poll conducted by About.com, around 35 percent of respondents claim that they don’t take a vacation… ever. In fact, Americans work more than any other industrialized nation: a whopping 1,824 hours per year, the equivalent of 45.6 weeks, according to information released through careerbuilder.com.

Ouch!

While the reasons for staying chained to the desk are many – ranging from a tyrannical boss to the cost of fuel and the poor economy – occasional time off is essential for maintaining good health. That’s why many in the Puget Sound and Seattle area are opting for the “staycation,” quick trips within a day’s drive that provide the necessary get-away without the expense of airfare, lodging and related travel costs.

Banking on this fact, the Washington state tourism board recently released a 152-page full-color travel guide, providing detailed maps and a wide range of travel advice for those looking to explore the scenic highways and byways of Washington state.

So whether you’re hoping to embark on a month-long tour of Washington wineries or just grab a quick day hike in the Olympic National Forest, take some time to relax. Because work will still be there when you get back.

Order your free printed copy of the new Washington state travel guide here.

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