Flight deals and last minute getaways can be exhilarating and enjoyable if and only if you manage to snag them and can take advantage of all they have to offer. If the deal doesn’t pop up, or no one calls you to say “let’s go to Antigua,” you may look back at the end of the year and find yourself stuck with use-it-or-lose-it vacation days. Over half of Americans report having unused vacation time at the end of the year. Don’t be one of them and don’t let time get away from you. In 2019, #PlanForVacation and declare your days off for the rest of the year.
Here are three reasons to #PlanForVacation:
1. Many people spend a considerable amount of time shopping around before buying expensive luxury items and traveling should be no different. You invest a significant amount of money and time when booking and planning trips, so be sure to maximize your investment. When you plan your vacation days in advance, you have time to shop for the best deals. In addition, with time on your side, you can read hotel reviews, scroll IG hashtags and geotags for inspiration on what you want to do, see and eat during your trip. Treat planning for a vacation with delicate care and I promise it will love you back!
2. It takes forever and a day to organize a group trip. We’ve all seen this meme.
Where’s the lie? If you have a mere thought that you want to get your friends together for a weekend out of town or out of the country, there is no time like the present. Let your friends know when you plan to travel, where you plan to go and an approximate budget. Mapping this out in advance gives everyone ample time to clear their schedules, save up and join you. And in the end, even if it turns out to be a solo trip, it’s sure to be a worthwhile experience.
3. Holiday travel is expensive. You already know that you’ll have off Memorial day, 4th of July and Labor day. Don’t get stuck at the last minute realizing that you have time off and frantically search for a trip. The prices will be exorbitant and you’ll spend the holiday eating BBQ and binging Netflix when you could be wine tasting in Sonoma, hiking in Peru or relaxing on a beach in the Caribbean. Plan for an extended long weekend, or better yet take a week-long trip. The earlier you plan your travel around major holiday weekends the better. Do yourself a favor, request the time off from work, reserve a hotel room in a destination of your choice and set a flight watch.
According to the U.S. Travel Association, 705 million vacation days went unused in 2017—let’s not repeat. Make the most of your time off and #PlanForVacation. Input the number of vacation days you earn each year and start planning today.