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The Secret to Maximizing Your Vacation Time This Year

  • The Secret to Maximizing Your Vacation Time This Year
    The Secret to Maximizing Your Vacation Time This Year
Updated: Wednesday, January 30, 2019
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Now that we’re almost into February and the melancholy of winter is upon us, you may find yourself longing for a getaway. Whether you’re dreaming of a cross-country road trip through South Dakota or a weeklong retreat to the Black Hills and Badlands, it’s time to take action and actually plan that getaway.

Too many Americans never take that first step—planning—and end up wasting millions of their hard-earned vacation days—705 million in 2017 alone!

Join us today, Jan. 29, and celebrate National Plan For Vacation Day by declaring your vacation days for the rest of the year. We’ve compiled tons of great resources to help you get started here.

Why is it so important to use your time off?
In addition to missing out on memories with family and friends, there are many other benefits—including increased job performance, stronger personal relationships, and improved mental and physical well-being—that you relinquish when you say “maybe next year” to using your time off.

The best way to bring your dream vacation to reality is to plan. Research shows that avid vacation planners use more of their time, take longer trips and are generally happier.

  • 53% of planners took all of their vacation time vs. 43% of non-planners.
  • Planners are also more likely than non-planners to use all or most of their time off to travel (33% to 18%).
  • More planners report they are “very” or “extremely” happy with their personal relationships (81% vs. 68%), health and well-being (56% vs. 43%), company (57% vs. 50%), and job (56% vs. 48%) compared to non-planners.

What’s even better than exploring new places? Saving on attractions and accommodations when you visit the Black Hills and Badlands. Get coupons and unlock major discounts here

So, what should you do?
For starters: plan your vacation days. On Jan. 29, commit your time off for the rest of the year at the start of the year. And while you’re at it, consider exploring the Black Hills and Badlands as part of your time off.

Our suggested itineraries make planning easy and maximize your time in the Black Hills.

Request your FREE 2019 South Dakota Vacation Guide and start planning your next memorable adventure to the Black Hills and Badlands.

About the Author

Morgan is the Communications Director at Black Hills & Badlands Tourism Association. She grew up in Minnetonka, Minnesota, where she developed a deep love for the outdoors and adventure. She followed her heart to the mountains and received a Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies from the University of Colorado - Boulder. Her inquisitive nature led her to uncover the many treasures the Black Hills have to offer. She has called them home since 2014.