Americans left 662,000,000 earned vacation days unused in 2017
That’s more than half of working Americans not using their well earned vacation days. In-depth research proves that Americans who take time to plan how they will use their vacation time in the year ahead are happier than those who do not. They are happier with their health and well-being, their financial situation, their marriage, and even their overall mood. Research also shows that simply having something to look forward to—like a vacation—improves your happiness. So why not start planning your time off?
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How to Plan Your Vacation Days:
1. Confirm your time off
No one wants to plan an amazing trip, book flights and hotels and then realize you’re short 2 days of earned vacation! Check in with your boss.
2. Start dreaming
How do you want to spend your time off this year? Maybe you want to learn a new skill like skiing, or relax at a spa, or golf in beautiful weather. Whatever your dream may be, remember that your bucket list can be a to-do list if you dedicate to planning! Follow our Facebook Event for updated blogs, itineraries and destination ideas that we’ll be posting in the next few days.
3. Add your vacations to the calendar
Make sure your managers and colleagues are in the loop. Having a physical calendar near your work desk helps add to the excitement of counting down the days – and reminds you to pack!
2018 Events to Plan for:
February 17 — The Plunge, Canton
February 17 — Winter Arts Smokies Style, Waynesville
March 17 — Winter Arts Smokies Style, Waynesville
March 22 — Melange of the Mountains, Waynesville
March 31st — Friends of the Lake 5k, Lake Junaluska
May 5 — Gateway to the Smokies Half Marathon, Waynesville
June 8-9 — Cold Mountain Music Festival, Lake Logan
July 4 — Independence Day Celebration, Lake Junaluska
July 7-8 — Summer Arts & Crafts Festival, Maggie Valley
July 19-29 — Folkmoot Festival, Haywood County
July 27-28 — Hillbilly Jam, Maggie Valley
Aug 31 – Sept 1 — Smoky Mountain Folk Festival, Lake Junaluska
September 2-3 — Canton Labor Day Festival, Canton
October 13 — Church Street Art & Craft Show, Waynesville
October 20 — Apple Harvest Festival, Waynesville
November 23 — Lighting Up Maggie Valley, Maggie Valley
Nov 30 – Dec 1 — Balsam Range: Art of Music Festival, Lake Junaluska
2018 Resolution : Use ALL your vacations days. Plan a trip to see the elk at Cataloochee Valley, or take a boat tour on Lake Junaluska. Tour Wheels through Time in Maggie Valley and chase the Quilt Block trails. Hike a section of the Mountains to Sea trail and then grab a beer at our local breweries. Taste legal moonshine, snowboard, stargaze, relax in a hot tub, treat yourself to a spa, you get the idea! Spend January 30th planning your vacation for the rest of the year, and we hope to see you here!