There are a hundred reasons why you shouldn't embark on your dream vacation right now. But there are even more reasons why you should. We work hard for those precious vacation days, whether it's pinching pennies and slowly building up a "Dream Trip Travel Fund," or just getting enough ahead at work to freely take a few days to yourself (digital detox, anyone?). No matter what it takes, traveling should be everything you hoped it would be and more. But, as they say, you've only got one life to live, so it's best to get in everything you deem worthwhile while it still seems like a good idea. And trust us, taking a dream vacation is most certainly a good idea.
But back to that one specific vacation you keep daydreaming about. (Santorini? Machu Picchu? Alaska? They're all on our list.) We looked to travelers past and present to share their insight into why saving all of the money, making all of the preparations, and getting ahead at work is all worth it in the end. Ahead, you'll find 23 reasons why you should start (or finish!) planning that trip of a lifetime—because if you look at it the right way, you'll always get more back from a vacation than you put in.