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Brighter Days are Ahead: National Plan for Vacation Day

Did you know? A new study from the Institute for Applied Positive Research found booking travel generates happiness and can alleviate stress and uncertainty during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the spirit of making plans for a brighter future ahead, don't forget to celebrate National Plan for Vacation Day on January 26, 2021.

Taking place annually during the last Tuesday in January, National Plan for Vacation Day is a day to encourage Americans to plan their vacation days for the entire year at the start of the year. While much of the country continues to face rising case numbers and travel restrictions, National Plan for Vacation Day is chance to do what is safe and productive: plan.

National Plan for Vacation Day coincides with the Let's Go There initiative to encourage Americans to still plan—or even book—future vacations, or to simply keep their travel flame alive and think about their next trip.

Let's Go There is led by a coalition of businesses and organizations, including many of the most recognizable U.S. brands from both within and outside the travel sector, whose mission is perfectly aligned with NPVD: As you plan your future trips, the travel industry is ready to safely welcome you back—when you're ready.

"It's been a challenging year, and I know we have all missed traveling and exploring our great country," said Roger Dow, U.S. Travel President and CEO. "While many are not yet ready or able to take a vacation, we are encouraging Americans to pull out their calendars on January 26 and get a future trip on the books—even if that just means dreaming about your next getaway.

"In the face of so much uncertainty, and with more than 63% of Americans saying they desperately need a vacation, National Plan for Vacation Day is the perfect opportunity for Americans to renew their love of travel and to look ahead to better days."

There is a wealth of information that says simply planning a vacation can increase happiness, with 97% of survey respondents saying that having a trip planned makes them happier. Further, survey data shows that 84% of Americans are excited to plan a vacation in the next six months, indicating an impending surge in travel demand once conditions improve.

Start planning using the toolkit of resources made available by U.S. Travel Association.

Courtesy of Groups Today.

Photo courtesy of U.S. Travel Association.



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