Plan for Vacation Day!

It may seem early to begin thinking of plans for your next summer vacation, but U.S. Travel encourages you to do just that, and here’s why:

  • Last year, more than 705 MILLION vacation days went unused—many of which cannot be regained.
  • Those who actually plan their vacation days in advance are far more likely to use all of their earned time off than non-planners.
  • Taking time off is associated with higher productivity, performance, a more positive attitude toward work, increased happiness, improved mental and physical health, better relationships and social life.
  • Employees who take their vacation time are more likely than forfeiters to have been promoted within the last year (27% to 23%) and to have received a raise or bonus in the last three years (84% to 78%).

On Tuesday, January 29 (also Kansas Day), U.S Travel encourages you to take some time with your family to plan out your 2019 vacation. Whether it’s an extended weekend or a week-long jaunt across the country, it’s YOUR earned time off and you should be the one in charge of it! Use this handy vacation planning tool to get started!

If Kansas City is on the map of places to consider this year, we invite you to explore nearby Merriam! Just a few short miles from downtown KC, Merriam is ideal for a couple’s road trip , a girlfriends’ getaway or a family-friendly visit. Tree-lined streets, walking trails, parks, flower baskets on town lampposts, striking public art … our landscapes offer an extra measure of delight. And, a surprising number of year-round events and activities deliver plenty of fun things to see and do … for kids and adults alike.

Learn more about visiting Merriam at or follow us on social @ExploreMerriam! Happy travels.

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