Celebrate National Plan for Vacation Day by Using All Your Vacation Time
Did you know that more than half of all working Americans do not use all of their allotted vacation time? Collectively, 662 million vacation days are unused each year. Moreover, a majority are “too busy” and skip planning a vacation all together.
Project Time Off, a national awareness campaign, aims to change this. They created the annual National Plan for Vacation Day, and hundreds of organizations participate each year by encouraging a healthy attitude around taking time off from work for vacation time—including setting time aside in the beginning of the year to plan for vacation. They’re continuing this movement to encourage Americans to plan their time off in advance — it happens each year at the end of January. Consider it a New Year's resolution to take your time off this year!
Benefits of Planning for Vacation Time
Most Americans realize it’s important to take time off from work for our overall well-being, but don’t take time off for a variety of reasons. For one, 67% of Americans report no formal, positive encouragement to take use of their vacation time from their employers.
But vacation days are yours to use, and missing out on vacation time simply because of poor planning can contribute to unintentional burnout. Whether you have your own business or work for someone else, taking time to properly plan out your vacation time can alleviate anxiety about taking time off from work. And an important step to ensure you maximize your vacation time is to actually carve out time to mindfully plan a vacation.
The good news is that studies show that if you plan for vacation in the beginning of the year, you’re more likely to use your vacation days for longer trips, which can attribute to greater levels of happiness. So, where do you start?
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Plan a Vacation with Travel Insurance
An important part of trip planning includes considering whether you should buy travel insurance for your trip. Using your vacation time should help reduce your stress, and having the right amount of coverage allows you to anticipate your trip with more peace of mind. One of the most common reasons people consider travel insurance is the worry that they may have to cancel their trip and lose the prepaid amounts that they’ve already put forward. A Generali travel insurance plan can help in case you have to cancel due to a covered event.