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According to a study conducted by GfK, Americans are using more vacation days than ever. In 2016, the average vacation use skyrocketed to 16.8 days per worker compared to 16.2 days in years past. This half-day spike is the biggest increase since 2000. And if the data alone doesn’t convince you to book your next vacation, research has proven that taking a time off is vital for your mental health and well-being.
So, whether you’re a full-time employee, freelancing or unemployed, it’s safe to say that taking a vacation is something that everyone deserves to do at least once a year.
And, if you’re looking for the perfect destination, Underhill Valley in New Zealand is the getaway of your dreams. Built into the hillside, the adults-only hobbit-style home was hidden from the public for years — until now. The beautiful accommodation was crafted by hand and boasts rustic native timbers and ironwork, which creates the sustainable and authentic space visitors praise.
As advertised on the listing site, “You’ll enjoy the warmth and ambiance of an old coal range… the soft glow of candlelight… a glass of wine on a seat by the pond, under the stars. Or just snuggle into the luxurious, specially shaped bed – with pure cotton linen, comfy pillows and thick, wool duvet.”
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Underhill Valley is the perfect retreat for someone returning from a treacherous trip up Mount Doom — or just looking to break away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.