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Use Those Vacation Days! Celebrate 2020 Plan For Vacation Day

A new year means a fresh start and much to look forward to. What better time to plan your 2020 vacation than now…with 365 days ahead of you?

Did you know that last year, more than 705 million vacation days went unused? Were some of those yours? Perhaps the best way to ensure you get the rest you deserve is to start planning now!

Join us on January 28 for National Plan For Vacation Day. Celebrated on the last Tuesday of January, we’re setting this day aside to encourage our friends, family and visitors to commit to taking their time off for the rest of the year at the start of the year. Not only will you more likely use your vacation days, but you’ll have something to look forward to as well.

According to the U.S. Travel Association, planners are more likely than non-planners to use all or most of their time off to travel, 33% versus 18%. Setting aside a few hours (or a whole day) to plan out your year will help make the most of your vacation time, especially when coordination of more than one person’s time must be allocated.

Use the following tips to make the most of your designated travel planning time.

  • Go ahead and check with your employer, spouse’s employer and anyone else that will need to confirm how much time off is available, as well as any restricted travel periods.
  • Gather your calendar with possible dates marked to be considered for vacation.
  • Don’t forget to put activities for the kiddos on your calendar: sporting events you can’t miss, school holidays, spring break, etc. This will ensure you don’t miss the opportunity to take a long weekend somewhere along the way when the kids have a random Monday off.

Top Resources for #PlanForVacation Day

2020 Vacation Guide

2020 Vacation Guide. Download the 2020 Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Vacation Guide for information on attractions, lodging and events. The online version is packed with great tips, bonus videos, itineraries and even maps to get your wheels turning. You can also request a copy be mailed to you along with brochures covering everything from birding to nature, fishing, golf and most anything in between.

GulfShores.com. The official website for Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism offers everything you need to know to plan a vacation to remember on Alabama’s beaches. Find the latest specials and discounts on Gulf Shores beach houses and Orange Beach condos. Read blogs featuring unique attractions and find the restaurants that most appeal to you, all in one place.

Baby on Alabama's Beaches

Spring Ahead Itineraries. Get a jump start on your vacation time by planning to spring ahead in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. Browse the family-friendly spring break itinerary for fun options to keep everyone in the family entertained on Alabama’s 32 miles of gorgeous beaches.

Time off is good for you. It doesn’t take research for you to know that, but in case you’re wondering, we’ve got some statistics for you. Research by the U.S. Travel Association shows those who take time off to travel feel greater happiness with their company, their job, personal relationships and even physical health. Join us on January 28 and do something special for yourself in 2020. Make the most of your year on National Plan For Vacation Day—you deserve it!

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