What did you do on January 28, 2020? It was the National Plan Your Vacation Day. Did you take the time to plan a vacation? If not, don’t worry there is still time.
What is National Plan for Vacation Day?
National Plan for Vacation Day is celebrated on the last Tuesday in January. The goal of the day is to encourage Americans to plan their vacation days for the whole year at the start of the year. This intern will inspire them to use those days to travel the USA. American workers let 768 million vacation days go unused in 2018 (report US Travel Association).
I don’t know about you but Hunter and I love planning vacations. We have a large board that includes locations we would like to see within the next few months. Those locations get divided into seasons/months. Some of the locations would have snow during the winter and we like to avoid snow whenever possible.
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Why Plan Now?
“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.”
“Encouraging time off to travel benefits the U.S. economy, too, as Americans explore their backyard and see what our country has to offer”, reports US Travel Association. Hunter and I love to explore our backyard. We are very fortunate to live in Arizona and Arizona State Parks are full of activities. There are many state park locations in different habitats. We are creating memories by trying new activities such as birding and star gazing.
Does a Vacation Day Make You Happy?
Research shows that individuals who plan are more likely to use all of their time off, take more vacation days at once and report greater levels of happiness (report US Travel Association). I know when I spend a few days camping by a lake I feel rejuvenated. Putting the cell phone away and sitting in a comfortable chair roasting marshmallows calms me down. What calms you down?
What Motivates Americans to Use Vacation Time to Travel?
The answers are what you’d expect: Americans are motivated to use their vacation time to travel if they are aiming to avoid burnout (28%), their friends or family ask them to come on a trip with them (23%) or the holidays are approaching (12%), reports US Travel Association. In the past, we have used our vacation days to go on a trip with the family. We like our family and enjoy spending time with them. The family will rent a cabin in the woods and spend a week playing games. There are lots of puzzles completed on the kitchen table and coffee table.
National Plan Your Vacation Day
If you missed January 28th, 2020 for planning your vacations, there is still time. Write down a few ideas after reading this blog and pick a few days in your calendar to explore your backyard. Where will you visit this year?