National Plan for Vacation Day

National Plan for Vacation Day

National Plan for Vacation Day

Work hard. Plan hard. Play hard.

Life is all about balance. You know the phrase — “Work hard. Play hard.” But new research by U.S. Travel shows the American work-play scale is actually out of balance.

In 2017, Americans let 705 million days of paid vacation go unused. Yikes. That’s a lot, and it’s why we’re celebrating National Plan for Vacation Day, a day to encourage Americans to plan their vacation days for the rest of the year at the start of the year.

Whatever you dream of doing, the best way to maximize your vacation-time usage is it plan it out in advance. Research by U.S. Travel shows that those who plot their vacation time early are far more likely than average to use all of their paid time off. Still, just 52 percent of households set aside that time to plan.

Get started with U.S. Travel’s Vacation Planning Tool. Just input the number of vacation days you earn and start planning.

“The best planners know the key to success is blocking the calendar early.”

Now comes the fun part — what do you do with all that time off?

Take a trip! Research shows that vacationing is the best way to benefit from your time off work. Vacationers use more of their paid time off, they take longer vacations, and they’re happier because of it. In surveys by U.S. Travel, trip-takers report greater happiness at work, in their personal relationships and in their own, personal well-being as a result of their travel. Where does your daydream take you?

If you need some inspiration, take a look at the itineraries below.

Independence has a fascinating place in American history, and it’s a reputation we continue to build on today. Retrace the steps of President Harry S. Truman, stand where thousands of pioneers took their first steps into the American frontier, or shop, dine and unwind on the historic Independence Square.


Discovering Truman
Step into the Past
Pioneers & Trails
Shop, Dine & Unwind







Want more? Check out our Events Calendar and plan a trip around one of our many exciting events.

Where ever you want to go, choose to take back more of your paid time off this year. Do more than take a break — take a trip!