Half way through July—no it can’t be! If you haven’t planned a summer vacation already, now is the time to do it before thy eternal summer has faded and chilly fall sneaks up once again. This week, we thought we’d round up some articles to encourage everyone to take a well overdue summer break. For those of you who have already had your summer sojourn, I am sure you can relate to the following topics of overwhelming summer reading lists, bad bathing suits, and sizzling summer flings.
Americans are notorious for not taking all their vacation days leading to job stress, burn out, and ultimately medical bills, costing our country over $300 billion per year. Our European counterparts, who are just as productive, spend half the amount on health care. Barcelona anyone? HuffPo explores why Americans are the worst vacationers . (HuffingtonPost.com)
The slow pace of a summer gives us time to read a few more books than usual. Imagine lying on the beach, sinking your toes into the hot sand, and getting lost in one of these romantic summer reads . (YourTango.com)
Bathing suit designers don’t have much to work with, but honestly, all we want is a suit that is flattering and practical—sans suspenders, fringe, and cutouts! LemonDrop surveys the worst swimsuits designs  of the season. Hopefully yours isn’t on the list. (LemonDrop.com)
Staring at the calendar won’t make your vacation come any sooner. Help the long summer days go a little quicker by preparing for your vacation properly—checklist included . (LifeHacker.com)
Bring on the white linen pants and even whiter cotton tees for a crisp and cool summer vacation wardrobe. Embrace a color that we’ve all steered clear of because of these four little white myths . (More.com)
When you’re in love, summer surrounds you all year round. But if you’re not, a hot summer fling should keep you warm for the rest of the season. Pack your bags and head out for a frisky vacation . (Frisky.com)
If you still can’t drag yourself away from your job, look into summer activities happening in or near your own neighborhood. Nicole Williams encourages us to be a tourist in our own city . (WORKS by Nicole Williams)