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National Plan For Vacation Day

The power of planning

Americans universally say that their vacation days are important to them, yet more than half (54%) of U.S. employees leave time on the table. These unused days carry significant economic impact, threaten the sustainability of a productive and creative workforce, and have a damaging effect on employee's personal well-being and relationships. 

In our culture of packed schedules, hyper-connectivity, and work martyrdom, Americans are in serious need of a break. While there are hurdles to overcome in the workplace, there's one step we can all take to put those vacation days to use: planning. Research shows that individuals who plan are more likely to use all of their time off, take more vacation days at once, and report greater levels of happiness at work and at home.

Join us for National Plan for Vacation Day on January 29, 2019 by planning your vacation days for the rest of the year at the start of the year. Use the tool at the bottom of this page! Then contact a AAA Travel Consultant for ways to fill those planned vacation days. Here are some ideas to get you started.  

How to Plan

  1. CONFIRM YOUR TIME OFF BENEFITS. To get started, look up your company’s time off benefits. Your benefits may have changed from last year as many organizations offer additional days based on your years of service. Make sure anyone you are traveling with also takes stock of their vacation days.
  2. REVIEW YOUR CALENDAR FOR THE YEAR. It’s important to see when you could actually take a vacation. Consider:
    • Holidays during the year. If your office is closed for a holiday, could you add an extra day off and turn a one-day holiday into four-day weekend vacation?
    • Workloads and coworkers. Are you thinking of getting away during a particularly busy season at work? Are you considering time off when a member of your team will already be out on vacation? Start thinking now about how to ensure shared responsibilities are covered – and consider how to sync up with your coworkers on handling vacation during the year.
    • Family events and other important dates. When will your kids have time off from school? Are there other events–weddings, family reunions, or birthdays–that you should include in planning your time off?
  3. GET TO DREAMING. Now, the fun part. What are you going to cross off your bucket list this year? Where have you been wanting to travel? What are you dying to try? You don’t necessarily need to know exactly what you’ll do with every vacation day—just block the calendar now and give yourself the opportunity.  Use our vacation planning tool below to get started.
  4. SHARE WITH YOUR MANAGER FOR APPROVAL. Once you have your desired schedule together, share it with your team for consideration and manager for approval. But don’t be anxious: nearly all senior business leaders believe vacation time benefits their employees and the company. By getting your time off on their radar now, it will be easier to take the time off when the day comes. After you’ve received approval, block the days as out of office on your calendar and any master calendar your team may share.