It’s National Plan for a Vacation Day

Don’t Burn Out: Via Magazine’s Got 8 Places to Visit in 2018

LAS VEGAS – Jan. 30, 2018. It’s better to burn through your vacation days than to burn out on the job. Today is National Plan for a Vacation Day. To celebrate, AAA and Via Magazine are highlighting eight travel destinations to inspire workers to maximize their relaxation and recovery time in 2018.

According to Project Time Off, 62 percent of Nevada workers have unused vacation days every year. Across the state, Nevadans have 7 million unused vacation days, accounting for $5 billion in untapped annual economic benefits. Across the U.S., workers are leaving 662 million vacation days on the table. If Americans were to use that vacation time, it would generate $128 billion in direct spending, and an overall economic impact of $236 billion for the economy.

"Vacations are good for the economy and better for the worker. Research shows that workers who are encouraged to take vacations are actually more productive at work, and happier in their lives," said Michael Blasky, spokesman for AAA Nevada. "With a little more planning at the beginning of the year, you’ll have more fun and less stress."

Plan ahead! Travel planners have a distinct advantage over non-planners. Project: Time Off’s The State of American Vacation 2017 report found that planners use more of their time, take longer vacations, and are happier.

  • 52 percent of planners took all of their vacation time vs. 40 percent of non-planners.
  • 75 percent of planners were more likely to take a full week of vacation time or more at a time. Non-planners take significantly fewer days—zero to three—than planners at once (42 vs. 18 percent).
  • More planners report they are “very” or “extremely” happy with their relationships (83 vs. 70 percent), health and well-being (57 vs. 48 percent), company (57 vs. 51 percent), and job (59 vs. 50 percent) compared to non-planners.

AAA suggests the following tips to make your vacation planning a reality:

  • Create a tentative budget and schedule so your trip planning can be accomplished in a realistic manner.
  • Research and understand the pros and cons of traveling to a destination during your preferred timeframe. Identify attractions or activities you are most interested in and determine if they will be available.
  • Consider working with a travel agent. In addition to having in-depth expertise about destinations across the globe, AAA travel agents have relationships with cruise lines, hotels and tour operators and often have access to special rates and added benefits that are not available to the general public.
  • Plan ahead. If you are leaving the country you will need a passport, remember that it can take up to six weeks to get a new passport.
  • Consider purchasing travel insurance, it is designed to offer protection against sudden and unforeseen events. Check with a travel agent and carefully review insurance policies before purchasing, as coverage options vary.

For those who vowed to “travel more” in 2018, AAA’s Via Blog suggest eight destinations to consider:

  • New Orleans: 2018 marks the Big Easy’s tricentennial, or 300th anniversary. Celebrate the city with everything it’s famous for: Mardi Gras, jazz music, beignets, swamp boat tours of the bayou, and, of course, Bourbon Street.
  • Lisbon: The AAA Via Blog describes the capital of Portugal as “a time capsule wrapped in contemporary chic.” Lisbon is Europe’s second-oldest capital, and is one of the least visited capital cities in Europe, which gives it extra value–less costly and less crowded.

  • Paso Robles: This California central coast city is known for its wine and healing waters. The surrounding region produces more than 40 diverse grape varieties, whose wines can be sipped in tasting rooms dotting the city’s historic downtown. The town is also famous for its hot springs and natural mud baths, making it an ideal spot for spa getaway.

  • Seattle: Washington State’s largest city is constantly reinventing itself. Pike Place MarketFront opened in Seattle’s historic waterfront market, providing a new space for farmers, craftspeople, and artisans alike. The iconic Space Needle rising over the Emerald City sports a renovated observation deck, and Junebaby, with its stellar southern comfort menu, has just been named the best new restaurant in America.

  • Cape Town: The Mother City is a melting pot of history and culture. Experiences range from the V&A Waterfront features five shopping districts (it’s one of South Africa’s most-visited attractions) to Table Mountain, one of the new Seven Wonders of the World.

  • Alaska: In recent years, cruise lines have expanded their fleets in the Last Frontier to include small boats that can ferry visitors into the less traveled waters of the Inside Passage. While experiencing ice walls, waterfalls, and fjords, visitors can watch in awe as they take in majestic bald eagles soaring above and orcas surfacing from below.

  • Charleston: The past meets present in South Carolina, as visitors can walk or take a horse-drawn carriage down cobblestone streets lined with ancient hickory trees to modern hotels, trendy boutiques, and celebrated restaurants. Take in the history of the city with a stay in a charming B&B. The AAA Via Blog describes Charleston as “a belle of the South, in tune with the times.”

  • Denver. The sunniest city in North America is a must-see mixing cowboy culture, a slew of modern micro-breweries, major sports franchises, with the great outdoors. No matter where you look, the Rocky Mountains dominate the city, with 200 visible, named peaks.

For more travel tips and information, visit Viamagazine.com.

About National Plan for Vacation Day
National Plan for Vacation Day, celebrated on January 30, is a day to encourage Americans to plan their vacation days for the rest of the year at the start of the year. Launched by the U.S. Travel Association’s Project: Time Off initiative in 2017, National Plan for Vacation Day provides an opportunity to come together at a single moment to rally around the importance of planning for vacation. In its inaugural year, more than 600 organizations, representing all 50 states came together to encourage Americans to plan for vacation. Learn more at ProjectTimeOff.com/Plan and join the conversation online with #PlanForVacation.

About AAA
AAA has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers since it was founded more than 100 years ago. Visit AAA.com.

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