Raise your hand if you had so many vacation days left last year that you couldn’t possibly take them all before December was done. You’re not alone.
More than half of us fail to use all of our paid time off from work each year. So, don’t feel bad about it. Just know that you would feel so good if you took the time to enjoy your allotted days of vacation.
Here are some staggering numbers from the U.S. Travel Association:
- In 2018, American workers left 768 million days of paid time off unused, up 9 percent from the previous year. That’s more than 2 million years’ worth of vacation wasted!
- Collectively, more than 27 percent of paid time off went untaken in 2018, an average of 6.5 days per person. That’s almost a week and a half of vacation! How does a weeklong vacation sound right about now? Or any time of year? Just think of where you could go this year with those 6.5 days.
January is the time for New Year’s resolutions. So, make a vow right now to use every minute of your well-deserved paid time off this year!
Start planning now because if you wait, well, one work project begets another, and your calendar starts getting even more full. All of a sudden, it can be hard to find time for vacation time. You know from experience that your schedule won’t have any trouble booking itself if you don’t get proactive and intentionally plan some time away.
Block that time out RIGHT NOW!
And don’t start making excuses, or else you’ll find yourself in the same boat this December with handfuls of unused vacation days that will go to waste.
Instead of procrastinating or making excuses, start imagining yourself on vacation. Studies show that workers who use their paid time off…
…are more relaxed. Imagine yourself lounging in an Adirondack chair with a cool drink in your hand and a warm summer breeze lifting your spirit. Just breathe, and feel the tension drain away.
…experience less stress. Imagine getting away from the rat race to a place where time stands still, where you can relive the past or slow down and soak in the present.
…make more memories. Imagine snapping the perfect photo that captures a happy moment in time forever. Smile!
…are at less risk of burnout. Imagine sitting down to dinner in a one-of-a-kind restaurant and having no place else to be. Your body will appreciate it!
Don’t let your paid time off go unused again. Where are you going to go on vacation this year?