In 2016, employees left 662 million unused vacation days on the table, according to a survey conducted by Project: Time Off, a national movement to get us to take time off from work and to understand how it’s essential to our personal wellbeing and professional success. The good news is that Americans are using more vacation time than they used to. In 2016, average vacation use climbed 16.8 days per worker compared to 16.2 days in 2015. Keeping that in mind… with all of the days of the calendar dedicated to celebrating miscellaneous holidays – like National Handwriting Day, National Hat Day and National Wiggle Your Toes Day – here is one event that I can get behind and celebrate – National Plan for Vacation Day! And it’s a Project: Time Off initiative that world traveler and expert Samantha Brown is excited about.
For some people, planning a vacation is a much needed and wanted distraction from everyday life. For others, planning a vacation seems like a stressful task that ranks low on the priority list, and usually, ranks high on the need to decompress and getaway. Well, we have some welcome news for you! If you are one of those people who enjoys a good vacay, but hates to plan it, Vacation will save the day. Our sole purpose is not only to inspire you to add more destinations to your travel bucket list, but also to help you plan it so that it’s a fun and stress-free process. Sound too good to be true? Well, it’s not! Let’s break it down into a few baby steps and get you started. We want you to add a special event(s) on your 2018 calendar to have something to look forward to, especially during the cold days of winter and those stressful days at work.
Step 1 – Block Days on Your Calendar
Before your calendar fills up, take control and block off your vacation days now! That’s probably why our good friends at Project: Time Off designated National Plan for Vacation Day to fall at the beginning of the year before time slips by. And we all know how that can easily happen. Project: Time Off has also created a tool to help you plan your vacation and alert your boss about your requested time off.
Step 2 – Get Inspired
Need some ideas on where to go and what to do? Check out our recommendations for food + wine, resorts + spas, families + groups, destinations + cultures and adventures + events. We also offer an interactive calendar to help you determine suggestions based on your vacation schedule.
Step 3 – Plan and Commit
Now, that you have the tools in hand, get ready to plan! Whether you have an idea of where you’d like to go or prefer recommendations and advice, let one of Vacation’s expert travel agents help you to plan your vacay. After all, this is what they do all day… every day. Our travel specialists have earned pages of Passport stamps, have formed relationships with well-known travel companies, and have access to extra amenities. Free hotel upgrades anyone? And finally, our team of travel agents are truly experts in customizing unique itineraries based on budget, group size and timing. Let us plan a vacation you’re gonna love!
Our travel specialists have earned pages of Passport stamps, have formed relationships with well-known travel companies, and have access to extra amenities.
Step 4 – Enjoy and Share
Once your dream trip is booked (whether 3 days or 2 weeks), you will have something to look forward to until that much-anticipated day arrives. Whether it’s a solo adventure or a trip with family or friends, enjoy your vacation and return to work recharged. Don’t forget to share your experience so others will get inspired to plan their vacation, too. Cheers to vacation and all of the joy it brings!
Inspired by this article and want to speak with an expert travel agent about how you can plan an unforgettable getaway? Let one of Vacation’s on-call travel experts match you with an expert travel agent to customize an itinerary you’re gonna love.