NowPlayingNashville is excited to announce it is supporting National Plan for Vacation Day (NPVD), the annual day for Americans to plan their vacation for the entire year at the start of the year, on January 26.
Though many Americans are not ready or able to take a trip just yet, there is a wealth of information that says simply planning a vacation can increase happiness. In fact, 97% of survey respondents say having a trip planned makes them happier—and that’s exactly what we will encourage Americans to do this year.
Renee Hornsby and her family have a spring break trip planned in March. They love to travel as a family and experience outdoor activities such as kayaking, hiking and exploring the beach. We asked Renee how excited she is about a vacation, and what makes her feel safe travelling right now.
“Having this trip planned makes me excited, as it would any other year,” said Renee. “We love a change of scenery! Our trip is booked for a stay at a home on the beach. I feel safe that I can control my surroundings/cleanliness and my exposure to other people. Because we are staying in a home, we don’t have to go out. It provides us with the opportunity to stay in and cook, which we love to do!”
NPVD is joining forces with the Let’s Go There initiative to encourage Americans to still plan— or even book—future vacations, or to simply keep their travel flame lit and dream of their next getaway.
As you plan your future trips, the travel industry is ready to safely welcome you back — when you’re ready.
In 2020, the constraints of the pandemic resulted in Americans using, on average, just 6.8 earned vacation days for travel. Survey data shows that 84% of Americans are excited to plan a vacation in the next six months, indicating an impending surge in travel demand once conditions improve.
With so many great travel deals to be had, savvy vacation planners who are able to book future trips now would be wise to take advantage of these offers — before demand picks up.
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Importantly, NowPlayingNashville is encouraging Americans to continue to adhere to healthy travel practices — whether one is planning a vacation in the short term or for later this year. U.S. Travel Association’s Travel Confidently toolkit has a wealth of resources and guidance to encourage safe and healthy travel, which includes wearing a mask, frequent hand washing, maintaining physical distance when possible and staying home if feeling sick.
This year’s National Plan for Vacation Day is taking place amid challenging times, but we can still look forward to — and plan for — brighter days.
On January 26, use the hashtag #PlanForVacation and tell us where you’re dreaming of traveling to next.
Please click here to learn more about National Plan for Vacation Day, and click here to learn more about the Let’s Go There initiative.