� 2017 is a blank page. How will you fill your (vacation) days?

In 2015, more than half (55%) of American workers left a total of 658 million vacation days unused. 658 million! That’s a staggering number.

Project: Time Off wants to change that with National Plan for Vacation Day. Celebrated on January 31, it’s a day to encourage North Americans to plan their vacation days for the rest of the year at the start of the year. (You know what they say – failing to plan is planning to fail.)

Using all of my vacation time has never been a problem for me. I have more opportunities to travel than I have paid time off. Next up: a trip to Spain at the end of March where I’ll be researching another DIY Taste Tour, EDIBLE BARCELONA.

Why is it so important to use all your vacation?

Well, besides the obvious fun and adventure, taking time off is associated with:

  • Higher productivity and performance
  • A more positive attitude toward work
  • Increased happiness
  • Improved mental and physical health
  • Better relationships
  • A better social life
  • The amount of time taken also shows a clear correlation to happiness at home
  • The more vacation days used, the lower the stress

If you plan nothing else this year, #PlanForVacation.

#PlanForVacation with a DIY Taste Tour of EDIBLE ROME

If your 2017 vacation plans include a trip to Rome, let me know! I’m looking for 10 beta testers for my new DIY Taste Tour, EDIBLE ROME. I need a few hungry adventurers to take it for a test drive. If you’re interested, email me at info@theculinarytravelguide.com with your travel dates. (And if you know of anyone who will be in Rome before the end of June, I’ll be forever grateful if you would share this post with them!)

Thanks and Happy Planning!

How Planning a Vacation Can Boost Your Happiness