National Plan for Vacation Day

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What is National Plan for Vacation Day? 

  • National Plan for Vacation Day, celebrated on January 30, is a day to encourage Americans to plan their vacation days for the rest of the year at the start of the year.
  • Launched by Project: Time Off in 2017, National Plan for Vacation Day provides an opportunity to come together at a single moment to rally around the importance of planning for vacation. 

Why Does This Matter?

  • In 2016, more than half (54%) of American workers left a total of 662 million vacation days unused. The impact of this time is a $236 billion opportunity.
  • Since 2000, vacation usage has been steadily declining. In 2016, workers reported taking off just 16.8 days, almost a full week less compared to the pre-2000 average (20.3 days).
  • In Illinois, more than 50% of employees leave time unused and nearly 23 million days unused. 

How Can Planning Help? 

  • The most effective remedy for American workers who want to use more vacation days is better planning. Yet just over half (54%) of households set aside time to plan the use of their vacation time each year 
  • Planners are happier, take more vacation time, and take longer vacations. 

What Are the Barriers to Planning Vacation?

What Are the Benefits of Vacation?

  • Taking time off is associated with higher productivity, performance; more positive attitude toward work; increased happiness; improved mental and physical health; better relationships and social life.
  • Employees who take their vacation time are more likely than forfeiters to have been promoted within the last year (27% to 23%) and to have received a raise or bonus in the last three years (84% to 78% ).

(Courtesy of Project: Time Off)

Plan Your Vacation in DuPage County

A vacation can be one day or even a long weekend - you don't need to get on a plane to take a vacation. No more excuses about cost, no time to plan, etc. We are here to help you DuMore in DuPage! See below for example itineraries and get planning today!


There's so much to see and do in DuPage County, with our family-friendly museums, fascinating cultural and historical exhibits, tranquil forest preserves, impressive performing arts facilities, and more. 

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