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Madame Mom, as the summer season comes to an end, let’s do a quick survey: how many staycations did you have over the last few months. Too many?

While the economy, work and family demands have probably kept you from getting away, an old-fashioned trip is the only true way to recharge. Working on your laptop in a corner while the rest of your family and friends are enjoying a BBQ is not going to cut it. Women who take a holiday once a year or more are almost as twice as likely to be satisfied with their marriage as those who escaped less often, say researchers at the Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation, Wisconsin. You need to plan a budget-friendly, stress-free vacation (yes, you can get away before the winter holidays). Start planning now!

Flip through for four reasons to get up and go…

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