(WTNH) — AAA declares a new holiday after a study shows that most Americans, including Connecticut residents aren’t using their vacation time.
AAA and partner Project: Time Off declared Tuesday Jan. 30 as “National Plan for Vacation Day”, in hopes that people start using their vacation days after study reveals most don’t.
A study from Project: Time Off says 55 percent of Nutmeggers worked year-round instead of using their vacation time.
AAA says that percent is equal to 6.5 million unused vacation days. They say it is also an untouched economic benefit of $853 million.
In comparison to other states, the association says that Connecticut is 22nd whose employees give their all for their jobs.
According to the study, Idaho is ranked number 1 in unused vacation time. However, the study says in Maine only 38 percent of workers done use their vacation time.
AAA Northeast’s Vice President-Travel, Rick Del Nero says planning is the key to those unused vacation days.
“By planning, we can reap the benefits of taking a break while giving ourselves something to look forward to,” said Del Nero.
According to Project: Time Off’s State of American Vacation 2017 report they found that those who plan their vacations use more of their vacation time, take longer vacations and are overall happier compared to “non-planners”.
Here are some tips from AAA on how to plan your vacation:
- Research the pros and cons of traveling to a destination during your preferred time frame.
- Use a travel agent, who has the expertise and relationships with cruise lines, hotels and tour operators and often has access to special rates and benefits that routinely aren’t available elsewhere.
- Identify attractions or activities you’re most interested in based on a budget and schedule.
- Plan ahead: get passports, visas, health documentation in order. It can take up to six weeks to get a new passport, so allow time to secure all necessary documents.
- Purchase travel insurance that offers protection against sudden events. Your travel agent can help you review coverage options.