Project: Time Off


The Secret to Maximizing Your Vacation Time This Year

By Cooper’s Mom

January 25 2018

“So much to do, so little time.” While the phrase may sound like it perfectly describes your life, research shows there actually is time.

Americans universally say that vacation days are important to them, yet 54 percent of workers aren’t using their hard-earned vacation time. Project: Time Off research found that workers are taking nearly a full week less of vacation than we did in 2000, resulting in a stockpile of 600 million unused vacation days!

The secret to achieving your travel goals this year, while maintaining your excellent employee status, is planning. We plan date nights, movie nights, even bunny play dates; so why not plan your 2018 vacation?

Planning is the most important step in making your vacation possible and, according to Project: Time Off, a majority (52%) of workers who set aside time each year to plan for travel take all their time off, compared to just 40 percent of non-planners. Planners also tend to take longer vacations: While three-in-four (75%) planners take a week or more at a time, non-planners take significantly fewer days—zero to three—than planners at once (42% to 18%).

Also, planners report greater happiness than non-planners with their relationships, health and well-being, company, and job. Their bosses are probably happier, too, since they’re in the loop on when you’re going to be out and can prepare accordingly.

So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to take back your calendar and put vacation at the top of your list. Planning for vacation can be achieved in three simple steps:

  1. Determine how much time off you earn and identify the vacation policies at your workplace.
  2. Get to dreaming! How do you want to spend your time off this year?
  3. Plan out your days with Project: Time Off’s vacation planning tool and share with your manager, your colleagues, spouse—everyone!

For the four-legged parents, don’t forget to find a boarding place you trust. Or do like Coco’s mom and find a 5-star resort like Cooper’s Retreat.

This year, don’t let your vacation days be part of a statistic. Put the fear of missing out behind you and turn your bucket list into a to-do list by starting to plan now.

Need some ideas?

When planning, it’s always a good idea to visit your destinations visitor’s bureau, they have the insight into what’s hot in their city.

Here are a few of my favorite places to visit or even maybe a small stay-cation!

Experience Kissimmee Vacation Home Capital of the World™!


Visit Utah! As a snowboarding family, we love Utah – beautiful landscapes and amazing powder during winter!


Choose Chicago. One of my favorite cities to visit. Beautiful city, amazing skyline and so much to do. One of my favorite activities there, is kayaking throughout the city!


But if you’re feeling more adventurous and would like to explore outside the U.S. consider visiting Colombia. My home country with beautiful picturesque mountain views!


Have you planned your vacation yet?

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