Employees...Want a raise at work? Employers...Want better employee performance? The key appears to be taking time for yourself. According to internal research by Ernst & Young, employees who use more vacation days end up with better performance reviews! For each 10 vacation hours a person took, they found on average that performance reviews were 8 percent higher. Vacation also helped slow down employee turnover, with every 40 hours of free time extending employees' stay at the company by eight months.

Unfortunately, a recent survey showed that about 40% of us don't use our vacation time.

So although summer is fading fast if you've yet to get away don't forget fall is a great time to see the sights and a Florida trip in colder months can really be great.