National Plan for Vacation Day is here!
Never heard of it? That’s ok. It’s new.
In case you’re wondering, it’s effort from US Travel Association and their Project: Time Off campaign. They are aiming to shift American attitudes so that taking time off is understood as essential to personal well-being, professional success, business performance, and economic expansion. And we fully support this idea!
Study after study has proven that downtime has real benefits, and while the majority of Americans believe strongly in the value of time off, we continue to function under the assumption that endless face time serves us better than taking the occasional break. So, break the cycle and plan out your trips for the year today.
Did you know that more than half (55%) of us aren’t using our hard-earned vacation time, resulting in a stockpile of 658 million unused vacation days and a workforce always on the brink of burn out. What’s even worse, we’re doing nothing to correct our work martyr mentality—if anything, we’re letting it thrive. While senior business leaders overwhelmingly recognize the importance of using time off, they aren’t talking, as nearly two-thirds (65%) of employees say their company says next to nothing about time off. Couple that silence with our fears and anxieties about taking time off, and it is a recipe for keeping us at the office. According to research from Project: Time Off, the top barriers for employees include:
- Concern over returning to a mountain of work, 37%
- Feeling that no one else can do the job, 30%
- Impression that taking time off is harder as you grow in the company, 28%
- Wanting to show complete dedication, 22%
There is a secret to overcoming all our vacation fears: planning.
Planning is the most important step in making vacation possible and, according to Project: Time Off, planners are more likely to use all their earned time off and take longer breaks at once. They are also happier with their personal and professional lives—not to mention they have bosses who have plenty of advanced notice to cover them while they’re out.
It’s time for you to take back your calendar and put downtime at the top of your list of priorities. Planning for vacation can be achieved in three simple steps:
- Determine how much time off you earn and identify the vacation policies at your workplace.
- Get to dreaming! How do you want to spend your time off this year?
- Add your vacation plans to the calendar and share with your manager, your colleagues—everyone!
This year, don’t let your vacation days be part of a statistic. Stop missing out and start defining yourself by something other than work. Your bucket list can be a to-do list with dedicated thought and planning.
We’ll even help you get started. Try these 10 Travel Ideas for 2017.