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.