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More than half of American workers (55%) failed to use all their time off in 2018.

That's a stockpile of 768 million unused vacation days just in one year, of which 236 million were forfeited completely.

 

What's the key to using more vacation time? Planning. But nearly half of American households (46%) don't do this simple step—and they lose out on their time off and the benefits it brings.

That's why on January 28, 2020, U.S. Travel Association is celebrating National Plan for Vacation Day: a day to give Americans the tools and inspiration to plan a years' worth of time off with their families and friends.

"The beginning of the year is the time to pull out the calendar and start planning for the entire year. Before you know it, life happens, and you may find yourself in November with weeks left to use and simply not enough time left in the year to schedule them," said Roger Dow, president and CEO of U.S. Travel Association, the organization rallying the industry around this nationwide event. "National Plan for Vacation Day is the perfect reminder for Americans to plan to use those well-earned days off to explore this great nation. From the beaches of Puerto Rico to the Montana mountain tops, America truly has something for every travel style and budget."

Using vacation days to travel could also improve the United States, economy, create American jobs, and have a positive impact on our health and overall well-being. In fact, if Americans used all their time off to travel, our economy could see a boost of $151.5 billion in travel spending and an additional 2 million U.S. jobs.

The heart of the matter: Taking time off benefits Americans. It is essential to a person's overall well-being, strengthens personal relationships, improves professional performance, and promotes overall health and wellness.

To help employees get their vacation days on the calendar, U.S. Travel Association has created a Vacation Planning Tool. By simply entering the number of days off they earn, users can plot out their trips or vacations for the year, export to their work or personal calendar, and share with their friends, family, and co-workers.

There are also several different ways to celebrate, as outlined by the U.S. Travel Association.

Where will you vacation this year?

Courtesy of Groups Today.

Photo courtesy of U.S. Travel Association.

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