22 Jan 2020
The holidays are over, it’s the middle of winter, and you’re about a month in to your New Year’s resolutions. Despite those distractions, some of you are already dreaming about your next vacation—and for good reason. We have a serious issue with vacation deprivation in the workplace where the average person lets 4 vacation days go to waste every year! So, what’s the best way to make sure you don’t miss out on a little rest and relaxation? Start planning your vacation now! In honor of National Plan for Vacation Day, (January 28, 2020), here are some helpful tips to #planforvacation on the Outer Banks.
2019 Vacation Statistics
According to the U.S. Travel Association, over 768 million earned vacation days were unused in 2019. While some may have been banked for 2020, over 236 million of those days were completely forfeited meaning over $65 billion dollars in benefits were lost to employees. One way to look at who is skipping out on vacation is to break employees down by age group. The Boomer generation takes more time off than Millennials take but Millennials use a larger share of their time off for traveling. Gen X is actually the generation most likely to schedule their vacation days for the purpose of avoiding work burnout. On average among all generations, two vacation days a year are used for running errands.
Traveling is Good for the Economy
We understand that sometimes a “staycation” can be very relaxing but when polled, 83% of Americans said they wanted to use their vacation days to travel. The current travel industry is already a $649.9 billion dollar industry that supports over 5 million American jobs and generates over $100 billion in tax revenue. Economic studies have shown that if Americans used their remaining vacation days for traveling, there would be an increase of over $151 billion dollars in travel spending. This has the potential to create over 2 million more jobs in the United States.
Traveling is Good for your Health
Last year, we produced a series of blogs on vacation deprivation. As a quick summary, skipping out on vacation is a very bad and unhealthy practice! In dozens of studies, taking vacation has been scientifically proven to:
- Reduce/fight depression, fatigue, stress, anxiety, and burn out
- Reduce risk of health conditions like cardiovascular disease, asthma, and autoimmune disorders
- Improve your mood and overall outlook on life
- Decrease mistakes, boost creativity and increase job performance
- Increase job satisfaction
- Increase company morale
- Increase patience with clients and co-workers
Plus, studies conclude that you will be happier overall by spending your money on experiences instead of on “things.”
Planning Your Vacation Early
So, is it really necessary to plan your vacation early? Of course you can still take a vacation at the last minute but you’re more likely to travel when you plan ahead. Statistics show that 76% of those who plan their vacations early will actually use their vacations for travel while only 50% of non-planners will travel. In 2018, an average of 12 paid days off were used for travel by those who planned early while those who did not plan only used an average of 5 days for traveling. In fact, only 36% of non-planners have taken a trip in the last 6 months while 23% of non-planners haven’t even taken a single vacation trip in the last 2 years. Considering the health and work productivity benefits to taking vacation, these numbers are incredibly alarming.
Planning ahead has many other benefits on top of the benefits you get while on vacation. When you plan ahead, you are less likely to find an excuse to not take a vacation, you will be able to prepare your co-workers for your absence and schedule work accordingly, you will be less likely to check your work emails while away, and you will have time to budget for trip spending. Studies have even shown planning a vacation can even give you similar effects of being on vacation. Mental health can be boosted for up to 8 weeks before the trip even occurs because simply knowing a vacation is coming up soon is such a great feeling.
Start Planning an OBX Vacation
You’re convinced—you have the vacation days to use and you know that if you don’t plan now, you likely won’t ever get around to hitting the beach. And let’s face it... everyone needs a beach vacation. So, let’s start planning!
Book your Seaside vacation home using our convenient layaway program—that means booking your trip for only $300 dollars down and paying your remaining balance in monthly installments interest free! (The payment plan only applies to reservations booked a minimum of 3 months in advance of the check-in date.) Learn more about our layaway plan.
About the Author: Jessie has been coming to the Outer Banks since she was just 5 years old. She loved it here so much that she finally relocated in 2018. Now her mission is to show the world that the Outer Banks is an incredible place that everyone should experience. When she isn't working, you can find Jessie hanging out with her friends, chilling at home with a good book, or discovering a new Outer Banks adventure.