Vrbo encourages Americans to plan for vacation with U.S. Travel Association

AUSTIN, Texas – January 28, 2020 – As part of National Plan for Vacation Day on January 28, Vrbo®, the go-to website and app for families to book vacation homes, cabins and condos, is encouraging Americans to plan their 2020 vacations.

The U.S. Travel Association found more than half of American workers (55%) failed to use all their time off last year. That’s a stockpile of 768 million unused vacation days just in 2018, of which 236 million were forfeited completely.

What’s the key to using more vacation time? Planning. But nearly half of American households (46%) don’t do this simple step — and they lose outon their time off and the benefits it brings. To help families plan their 2020 travel, Vrbo identified the best time to book vacation rentals and top family-friendly destinations during peak travel times when families are taking advantage of time off from school. 

“Vrbo is encouraging travelers to start family vacation planning early — not only to use vacation time but to get ahead of the curve to find the best vacation home for your needs,” said Melanie Fish, Vrbo family travel expert. “Traveling together as a family is one of the best ways to connect and simply be together, especially when you’re all under one roof where you can enjoy each other’s company but still have room to spread out.”

Using vacation days to travel has a positive impact on health and overall well-being. In fact, planners tend to be happier in general with everything from their personal relationships to their job, according to the U.S. Travel Association.  

“The beginning of the year is the time to pull out the calendar and start planning for the entire year. Before you know it, life happens, and you may find yourself in November with weeks left to use and simply not enough time left in the year to schedule them,” said Roger Dow, president and CEO of U.S. Travel Association, the organization rallying the industry around this nationwide event. “National Plan for Vacation Day is the perfect reminder for Americans to plan to use those well-earned days off to explore this great nation. From the beaches of Puerto Rico to the Montana mountain tops, America truly has something for every travel style and budget.”

To help employees get their vacation days on the calendar, U.S. Travel Association has created a Vacation Planning Tool. By simply entering the number of days off they earn, users can plot out their trips or vacations for the year, export to their work or personal calendar and share with their friends, family and co-workers. Once you have your dates chosen, start planning your getaway using the Vrbo app. Tools like Trip Boards allow families to save, organize and discuss favorite properties using the new group chat feature.

National Plan for Vacation Day takes place during the last Tuesday in January as a day to encourage Americans to plan their vacation days for the rest of the year at the start of the year.


About U.S. Travel Association

U.S. Travel Association is the national, non-profit organization representing all components of the travel industry that generates $2.5 trillion in economic output and supports 15.7 million jobs. U.S. Travel's mission is to increase travel to and within the United States. Visit ustravel.org

About Vrbo

In 1995, Vrbo introduced a new way for people to travel together, pairing homeowners with families and friends looking for places to stay. We were grounded in one purpose: To give people the space they need to drop the distractions of everyday life and simply be together. Since then, we've grown into a global community of homeowners and travelers, with unique properties around the world. Vrbo makes it easy and fun to book cabins, condos, beach houses and every kind of space in between.

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