We’re Helping Change the Stigma of Vacation Planning with Project: Time Off

Every year Americans collectively leave 662 million days of vacation on the table. That is according to Project: Time Off, which is an initiative by the U.S. Travel Association to raise awareness of all the vacations days that go unused. The national movement encourages Americans to take time off, showing the value vacation has in strengthening personal relationships, inspiring creative thinking, improving professional performance, promoting better health – and traveling, if you ask us.


Not only does taking time off allow us to explore and travel, it makes us better as employees and individuals. And, we in the travel industry know travel helps to fuel our national and local economies. In fact, Project: Time Off reported that the 662 million days of unused vacation is at a loss of $128 billion to the economy.

Project: Time Off designated January 30 as “National Plan for Vacation Day.” Here at the Expedia group we are in full support of this movement and have launched a campaign to encourage Americans to #planforvacation. With dedicated hotel and travel deals available on Orbitz, Travelocity and CheapTickets, today is a great day to plan for vacation with easy ways to book. You can read more on the Orbitz blog on the benefits of travel for mental health, and take the Travelocity quiz to find out if you are too connected on vacation.  

Learn more about this initative and find out the top 10 states that leave the most vacation days unused here. We encourage you to book and plan out your time using the tool below.


Monya Mandich

Vice President, Media Solutions Marketing

Monya Mandich is the VP, Marketing of Expedia Group Media Solutions and oversees all integrated marketing and communications activities for the brand. In her role, she is responsible for raising awareness of digital media opportunities for partners across the Expedia Group suite of leading global travel brands. With nearly two decades of experience, she evangelizes a thought leadership approach both externally and internally centered on data-driven insights, which has resulted in travel and marketing industry recognition and accolades. Monya previously managed strategic partnership development, executing strategies for top-tier partnerships, maximizing traffic and revenue for Expedia.com. She started her career in the travel space at VacationSpot.com, where she ran the B2B marketing and customer acquisition efforts for the vacation rental booking site. Monya is on the board of directors for Destinations International and the U.S. Travel, and also participates on the advisory committee for U.S. Travel's Project: Time Off, which aims to shift thinking around the health, business and economic value of personal time off, Monya was also recognized as one of HSMAI’s Top 25 Most Extraordinary Minds in Sales and Marketing. She is a graduate of Western Washington University and lives in the Seattle area with her family.

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