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Don’t let your vacation days go unused this year!

March 12, 2018

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While everyone knows the importance of taking time away and getting a break from the day-to-day stress of life, many Americans are regularly leaving vacation days unused. A study by the U.S. Travel Association’s Project Time Off found that in 2016, “54% of employees ended the year with unused time off.” Combined, this time off equaled 662 million vacation days. So what is the trick to using these days? It’s planning. Planning what you want to do, when you want to do it, and how to make it happen so that your time away is relaxing and not stressful for you or your co-workers. Here are a few tips to help you get started making a plan for your next vacation: Decide when and where you want to go then see if it’s feasible with the amount of time you have available and your budget. Keep in mind vacations don’t have to be expensive, International affairs. Look at your family calendar and your work calendar to determine the best time to go. If you know you have a big project on the horizon, then wait until after it’s completed. Or if you know your work peer is going to be out of the office then schedule another time. Also, consider upcoming holidays. Could you sneak in an extra day by using a day you’re already going to be off, such as Memorial Day or Fourth of July? Once you’ve decided when and where do your research. Make a list of things you want to see or do then see if what you’re planning is feasible. Thanks to the Internet, there’s no shortage of blogs and recommendations out there these days. Give yourself time. Time to make arrangements, time to organize what needs to be done before you leave and time to enjoy your vacation. Let it go. While it’s tempting to check-in regularly, it’s not doing you any good. Trust that the people you work with know what they are doing and will get in touch if an issue or emergency arises. Don’t let your vacation days go unused this year. Turn your bucket list into a to-do list and start planning your vacation today. At YMCA Trout Lodge, we offer hotel and cabin-style lodging, a dining room with buffet-style meals and 40-100 fun activities to choose from depending upon the time of the year. Our rates include lodging, meals and many activities, and children five and under stay free.

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