Businesses will realize the benefits of their employees taking all their paid time off. The economy will benefit as well. If Americans used all their time off to travel, our economy could see a boost of $151.5 billion and an additional 2 million U.S. jobs. Employees who make time to take time come back energized and refreshed, ready to innovate and take on new challenges. 

Despite all its benefits, more than half of American workers failed to use all their time off last year — 768 million unused vacation days, of which 236 million were forfeited. Nearly half of American households don’t do the simple step of planning — and they lose out on their time off and the benefits it brings. National Plan for Vacation Day on January 28 is the perfect reminder to plan to use those well-earned days off to travel.

Doug Price

Visit Colorado Springs is celebrating National Plan for Vacation Day by encouraging all Americans to take their well-deserved time off. Maybe you’ll decide to take a trip to Italy or visit relatives. You can enjoy all that Colorado has to offer with a trip to Maroon Bells, Rocky Mountain National Park or the Western Slope. Or simply explore your own backyard for a fun and relaxing “staycation” where you can be among the first to visit the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum, welcome back the Flying W Ranch Chuckwagon Dinner & Western Show and gain a new perspective on the beauty of America from the new Pikes Peak Summit Complex. 

By planning on January 28, all of us can enjoy the many benefits of taking a break while giving ourselves something to look forward to. Remember, you’ve earned your paid time off, so take it!

Doug Price, president/CEO
Visit Colorado Springs

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