Every year more than half of Americans (52%) fail to use all their time off, creating a stock pile of 705 million unused vacation days, up from 662 million days the year before. National Plan for Vacation Day is celebrated the last Tuesday in January as a day to encourage Americans to plan their vacation days for the rest of the year at the start of the year.
“National Plan for Vacation Day is an opportunity for Americans and for America. And who better than the travel industry to help plan the perfect vacation?” said Roger Dow, President and CEO, U.S. Travel Association. “America offers something for everyone, whether you prefer a sunny day at the beach or a snowball fight in the mountains. We encourage every American to plan their time off to explore our great country.”
The most effective remedy for American workers who want to use more vacation days is better planning. Yet just over half (52%) of households set aside time to plan the use of their vacation time each year.
“The Pasadena Convention & Visitors Bureau is celebrating National Plan for Vacation Day because we want to encourage Americans to take their well-deserved time off – to spend that time as a tourist in our beautiful and vibrant destination,” said Jeanne O’Grady Goldschmidt, executive director of the Pasadena CVB. “What better way to take a day than to travel? By committing to planning on January 29, Americans can all reap the benefits of taking a break while giving themselves something to look forward to.”
Research shows that planners have a distinct advantage over non-planners: They use more of their time, take longer vacations, and are happier.
- 53 percent of planners took all of their vacation time vs. 43 percent of non-planners.
- Planners are also more likely than non-planners to use all or most of their time off to travel (33% to 18%).
- More planners report they are “very” or “extremely” happy with their personal relationships (81% vs. 68%), health and well-being (56% vs. 43%), company (57% vs. 50%), and job (56% vs. 48%) compared to non-planners.
To help employees get their vacation days on the calendar, U.S. Travel Association created a vacation planning tool. By simply entering the number of days off earned, users can plot out their trips or vacations for the year, export to their work or personal calendar, and share with their family and co-workers.
Located 10 miles from downtown Los Angeles, Pasadena offers an enticing combination of modern sophistication and charm. Known for its historical landmarks, famous Rose Parade and 22 blocks of shopping and entertainment in Old Pasadena, the pedestrian-friendly city has nearly 650 restaurants per capita than New York and is the birthplace of space exploration and award-winning scientists, including key institutions Caltech, NASA/JPL, The Planetary Society, Innovate Pasadena, and more. As an international melting pot of art and culture, Pasadena offers something for everyone to experience.
About the Pasadena Convention & Visitors Bureau
The Pasadena Convention & Visitors Bureau is a non-profit marketing organization dedicated to promoting Pasadena as a leading meeting, convention and leisure travel destination. With nearly 650 restaurants per capita than New York City for guests to enjoy, including shopping and entertainment, Pasadena offers something for everyone. For more information about planning a trip to Pasadena, contact the Pasadena Convention & Visitors Bureau at (800) 307-7977 or log on to www.VisitPasadena.com.