Here’s Your New Year’s Resolution: Use ALL of Your Vacation Days!

On January 1, 2015, millions of Americans will be saying goodbye to the hard-earned vacation days they didn’t use in 2014—to the tune of 169 million days! Make sure that in 2015, you’re not one of them.

American workers permanently lose 169 million days of earned PTO each year, according to an Oxford Survey from the U.S. Travel Association. The same survey found that despite earning an average of 21 days of PTO each year, Americans only use 77 percent of that time, forfeiting 4.9 days. The result has a negative effect on workers (higher stress levels), employers (liability of unused PTO) and family (less quality time).

Considering these statistics, it’s safe to assume that many of us fell into a “too little, too late” category as we reflect on time spent with our families in 2014. But it’s not too late for next year!

And isn’t this what New Year’s Resolutions are all about?

As many families gather together for the end-of-year festivities, it is the perfect time to plan out next year’s vacation. Here are a few tips to get you started:

  • Timing is everything: discuss what time of year works best for everyone. School calendars, work projects and other commitments are usually known in advance—plan around these!
  • Plan in advance: with plenty of notice, you can ensure that your work is covered and time-off is approved well in advance.
  • Paying for it: many people prolong vacation because they can’t afford it, however you are more likely to find cost savings when you plan in advance. Take it from timeshare owners—since their vacations are pre-paid, they are more likely to use all of their time off!
  • Planning: Try something new—a new location or a new type of vacation! Many people aren’t aware that you can rent a timeshare, which could be a great way to experience one before purchase. See for yourself the difference between a timeshare and the traditional hotel stay — have all the space you need for a family of any size.

Make a commitment to use all your vacation and spend time making memories with your family. After all, you’ve earned it.

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