Saturday, January 20, 2018

#PlanForVacation Travel Writer Rants and Raves Wants You to Plan for Your Time Off

Research Shows Planners Take More Vacation, Are Happier

National Plan for Vacation Day is being held on January 30, and of course I’m all for providing you with great ideas for your vacation. But wait, I hear that many people don’t even use all their vacation time. How can that be?  

Every year more than half of Americans (54%) fail to use all their time off, creating a stock pile of 662 million unused vacation days.

The most effective remedy for American workers who want to use more vacation days is better planning. Yet just over half (54%) of households set aside time to plan the use of their vacation time each year. National Plan for Vacation Day, launched by Project: Time Off, is a call-to-action for Americans to stop making excuses and start making vacation plans.
How about a trip to Washington's The Herbfarm for a gourmet experience
Research shows that planners have a distinct advantage over non-planners. Project: Time Off’s The State of American Vacation 2017 report found that planners use more of their time, take longer vacations, and are happier.

  • 52 percent of planners took all of their vacation time vs. 40 percent of non-planners.
  • 75 percent of planners were more likely to take a full week of vacation time or more at a time. Non-planners take significantly fewer days—zero to three—than planners at once (42% to 18%).
  • More planners report they are “very” or “extremely” happy with their relationships (83% vs. 70%), health and well-being (57% vs. 48%), company (57% vs. 51%), and job (59% vs. 50%) compared to non-planners.

America’s unused vacation represents a missed economic opportunity. Americans 662 million unused vacation days presents a $236 billion economic opportunity for vacation destinations.

To help employees get their vacation days on the calendar, Project: Time Off created a vacation planning tool. By simply entering the number of days off earned, users can plot out their trips or vacations for the year, export to their work or personal calendar, and share with their family and co-workers. 
How about a train trip?

About National Plan for Vacation Day
National Plan for Vacation Day, celebrated on January 30, is a day to encourage Americans to plan their vacation days for the rest of the year at the start of the year.  Launched by the U.S. Travel Association’s Project: Time Off initiative in 2017, National Plan for Vacation Day provides an opportunity to come together at a single moment to rally around the importance of planning for vacation. In its inaugural year, more than 600 organizations, representing all 50 states came together to encourage Americans to plan for vacation. Learn more at and join the conversation online with #PlanForVacation.

Travel Writer Rants and Raves is here to give you some ideas. For example, I recently took a day trip from the Portland, Oregon area to the Columbia River Gorge town of Cascade Locks, still suffering from the aftermath of this year’s wildfires. I’ve written about the Fresh Foodie Trail in the desert communities around Mesa Arizona.
Even a day trip to the Columbia River Gorge can give you a break.

And, I’ll bet you didn’t know that Boise Idaho has terrific Basque food! polled their writers for their WOW travel moments of 2018 for some great vacation ideas. So take a few moments and dream about your next vacation. Just thinking about it will be a great departure from the stresses of life.

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