Last updated: 10:27 AM ET, Mon July 06 2015

WATCH: Mark Murphy Shows How to Get The Most From Summer Vacation

Destination & Tourism | Patrick Clarke | July 06, 2015

WATCH: Mark Murphy Shows How to Get The Most From Summer Vacation

Fourth of July weekend is one of busiest travel periods of the year, but even with an estimated 42 million Americans leaving home this past holiday, many were stuck at work alongside a growing stack of unused vacation days.

In a timely appearance on MSNBC on July 4, TravelPulse founder and CEO Mark Murphy discussed why so many Americans tend to avoid vacation despite the benefits.

"I think it's about productivity. They're nervous, wages are flat and they want to keep their jobs," said Murphy. "I think the other thing is that even though we are connected with smartphones and everything else, we go away and come back and face a stack of things to work on. That's a big challenge."

For those looking to get away from the daily grind, Murphy recommended heading south. 

"Mexico is hot with Americans. It's been hot for years," said Murphy. "They do a great job down there, great value for the money."

In addition to offering opportunities for relaxation and adventure, Murphy explained that Mexico has become an affordable international destination. 

"The strength of the dollar against the peso means that what a great value Mexico was a year ago, it's 15 to 20 percent better this year," added Murphy, who noted the region's array of all-inclusive vacation options.
Whether headed to Mexico or just a few miles from home, Murphy also revealed some tips on how to maximize vacation days and minimize stress.

"What a lot of people are doing this summer is instead of taking one long vacation they are breaking it up and taking two or three shorter vacations. I think that's great because you get away and recharge, you don't have that avalanche of work and you get to try and sample different places."

And of course, Murphy was quick to point out how more and more travelers are seeking the value and experience of a travel agent, saying, "People who have gone online and done it themselves, and been burned, are now going back to the traditional agent."

You can view Murphy's appearance on MSNBC in its entirety below:


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