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The Secret to Maximizing Your Vacation Time in 2020

  • The Secret to Maximizing Your Vacation Time in 2020
Updated: 
Tuesday, January 28, 2020
By : 
Morgan

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—768 million in 2018 alone!

Join us today, Jan. 28, 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.

Planners have a distinct advantage over non-planners: they use more of their time off and take longer vacations. But nearly half of American households don’t do this simple step—and lose out on their time off.

  • Planners used an average of 12 paid time off days to travel in 2018 compared to 5 days used to travel for non-planners.
  • Planners are more likely than non-planners to use all or most of their time off to travel (39% vs. 20%).
  • More planners report they are “very” or “extremely” happy with their personal relationships (82% vs. 68%), health and well-being (63% vs. 51%), company (61% vs. 50%), and job (61% vs. 49%) 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. 28, 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 2020 South Dakota Vacation Guide and start planning your next memorable adventure to the Black Hills and Badlands.