Is your New Year’s resolution to travel more? You’re not alone. National Plan for Vacation Day is January 28, 2020!
Americans universally say that vacation days are important to them, yet a staggering 55% of workers aren’t using their paid time off.
In fact, research from Project: Time Off found that American workers failed to use 768 million days of PTO in 2018 - that’s a 9% increase from the year before!
How do you avoid becoming a part of this statistic? The solution is much easier than you may realize. Read on to learn how to maximize your vacation time in 2020 by celebrating National Plan for Vacation Day.
The Secret To Achieving Your Travel Goals
The number one way to maximize your vacation time is simple: plan ahead. While it may seem like there is never enough time in the day, research shows that there actually is time.
Planning is the most important step in making vacation possible. According to Project: Time Off, a majority (52%) of workers who set aside time each year to plan for travel take all their time off compared to just 40% of non-planners. Planners also tend to take longer vacations. While 75% of planners take a week or more off at a time, non-planners take significantly fewer days.
The benefits of planning extend beyond days spent away from the office for rest and rejuvenation. Planners report greater happiness than non-planners with their relationships, health, well-being, company, and overall quality of life. They experienced lower levels of stress and burnout, and improved productivity upon returning to the workplace.
3 Steps For Planning Your Vacation
What are you waiting for? It’s time to take back your calendar and put vacation at the top of your list of priorities. Maximizing your vacation time in 2020 can be achieved in three simple steps:
1. Determine your PTO and identify the vacation policies at your workplace.
The earlier you do this, the better. Talk to your manager about your travel plans as soon as possible and block out your calendar ahead of time. That way, you won’t be scrambling at the last-minute to request time off. Your boss will appreciate that you have given plenty of notice and your desired vacation days are more likely to be approved.
2. Get to dreaming! How do you want to spend your time off this year?
Many employees only plan ahead for scheduled events such as weddings, graduations, and the holidays. However, it’s equally important to plan the trips you want to take. Are you in need of a relaxing beach getaway? Perhaps you’re looking for an opportunity to travel with friends, family, or your significant other. Consider your personal travel goals now so you can make them a reality in 2020!
3. Plan out your days with a vacation planning tool.
Project: Time Off’s vacation planning tool makes it easy to organize your getaway. Determine your desired vacation dates, then share your plans with your manager, your colleagues, spouse - everyone!
Be Proactive. Book Your 2020 Trip Now!
This year, don’t let your hard-earned vacation days go to waste. Put the fear of missing out behind you and turn your bucket list into a to-do list.
Whether you’re dreaming of a relaxing getaway, a romantic couple’s retreat, or an unforgettable family vacation, your ideal destination awaits.
Consider a getaway to Kiawah or Seabrook Island where you'll discover miles of pristine beaches, award winning golf courses, resort style amenities, and fabulous shopping and dining. What are you waiting for?