I want to travel more. 
I want to relax more.
I want to have more fun. 

Admit it: You’ve had these thoughts — probably very recently! More likely than not, though, you haven’t utilized your time off and made the most of those vacation days. You’re not alone. Over the last 40 years, Americans have been taking fewer and fewer days off from work. 

National Plan a Vacation DayNational Plan for Vacation Day, celebrated January 30, is a day to encourage Americans to plan their vacation days for the rest of the year. The list of ways to relax and have fun is endless in Daytona Beach, guaranteeing your time off will be well spent. From paddleboarding to biking on the beach, and from shopping to seeing a live performance, a trip to the area leaves you recharged and rejuvenated. And, by planning at the start of the year, you’ll have something to really look forward to in 2018! 

Launched by Project: Time Off in 2017, National Plan for Vacation Day exists to encourage people to plan ahead in order to make the most of their year. The group conducted a study, which demonstrated that an average of 54% of American workers left a total of 662 million vacation days unused in 2016 alone. But why? Common barriers include these thoughts:

“I can’t afford a vacation.”

Luckily, Daytona Beach has a wide variety of great deals on accommodations for every price range. Better yet, the whole area is known for its great value in dining, attractions and more. The attractive price point, plus early planning, means you can enjoy a wonderful getaway in 2018.

“I’ll return to a mountain of work.”

Actually, taking time off has consistently been associated with higher productivity and performance. People who take vacation are more likely to have a positive attitude toward work, increased happiness, and improved mental and physical health. And the further in advance you plan, the easier the transition back into work will be.

“No one else can do my job while I’m away.”

National Plan a Vacation DayStudies have consistently reported that vacation is essential to strengthening personal relationships, inspiring creative thinking, improving professional performance and promoting better health. Perhaps more importantly, remember that vacations are not a waste of time — they are an investment in you. In your relationships. In your family. Time spent together apart from the daily stresses of appointments, errands, chores and work can be so precious to a family. In sum: It’s worth it!

Furthermore, the study showed that employees who take their vacation time were more likely than vacation forfeiters to have been promoted within the last year (27% versus 23%) and to have received a raise or bonus in the last three years (84% versus 78%). The bottom line? Work hard, play hard. 
It’s clear that vacation time is valuable for our well-being, relationships and health, so what’s holding us back?

For 51% of Americans, it’s due in part to skipping the first step that could help them vacation: planning. Individuals who plan are more likely to use all of their time off — it’s that simple. So join National Plan for Vacation Day on January 30 and declare your vacation days for 2018. Want to get a head start? Use our trip planner to help create the perfect trip today!