Santa Monica, Calif. (30 January 2018) Santa Monica Travel & Tourism (SMTT), reminds Americans about the importance of vacation planning.

More than half (54%) of Americans fail to take advantage of all of their vacation time each year, creating 662 million unutilized vacation days.

Better planning is the best way to help American workers plan for more vacation days. Only 54% of American households plan to use their vacation time every year. This is a significant drop from the previous 50%. Project: Time Off launched the National Plan for Vacation Day to encourage Americans to make vacation plans and stop making excuses.

Misti Kerns, President/CEO at SMTT, stated that Santa Monica Travel & Tourism will be celebrating National Plan for Vacation Day. This is a time for Americans to reclaim vacation days. Planning can help us all enjoy the benefits of taking a vacation while also giving ourselves something to look forward too.

Research has shown that planners have an advantage over non-planners. Project: Time Off’s 2017 State of American Vacation report revealed that planners are more efficient with their time, have longer vacations and are happier.

52 percent of planners used all their vacation time, compared to 40 percent of non-planners.

75% of planners are more likely to spend a whole week on vacation or more than one person. Planners spend significantly less time on vacation than non-planners (42% to 18%).

Planners are more happy than non-planners with their really relationships (83 % vs. 70%), health and well-being (57%. vs. 48%), company (57%. vs. 51%) and job (59%. vs. 50%).

Project: Time Off developed a vacation planning tool to help employees plan their vacation days. Simply enter the number of vacation days earned and users can plan their trips and vacations, export to their personal calendar or work calendar, and share them with family members and coworkers.

Kerns said, “Don’t let vacation days go by without planning.” Plan your next Santa Monica trip where you can enjoy art, relax on the beach and explore the vibrant culinary scene. Discover all this city has to offer.

About the National Plan for Vacation Day. National Plan for Vacation Day is celebrated every January 30. This day encourages Americans to plan their vacation days for next year as soon as possible. National Plan for Vacation Day was established by the U.S. Travel Association’s Project: Time Off initiative. It provides an opportunity for people to gather at one time to discuss the importance of vacation planning. More than 600 organizations from all 50 states joined forces to encourage Americans to plan vacations in its inaugural year.