Plan for Vacation!

Did you end the year with leftover vacation days? Take time now to plan for 2020 and use the time you earn. National Plan for Vacation Day is Tuesday, January 28–make a plan to claim your days for the rest of the year at the start of the year! Take a peek below at the staggering statistics revealing the work martyr syndrome of the average American.

  • Last year, more than 768 MILLION vacation days went unused—many of which cannot be regained.
  • 55% of Americans left days on the table.
  • Additionally, these are days Americans have earned and when they are completely forfeited (236 million in 2018), they are losing a key benefit, amounting to $65.5 billion. In other words, Americans essentially donated an average of $571 in free work time to their employer.
  • 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, better performance, a more positive attitude toward work, increased happiness, improved mental and physical health, better relationships and social life.

On Tuesday, January 28, we encourage you to take some time with your family to plan out your 2020 vacation. Whether it’s an extended weekend or a week-long journey across the country, it’s YOUR earned time off and you should be the one in charge of it!

If Kansas City is on your radar of 2020 destinations to visit, 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, flower baskets on lampposts, striking public art, unique dining options, attractions within minutes, and a variety of year-round events and activities deliver plenty of fun things to see and do for everyone.

Use those hard-earned vacation days in 2020! Learn more about visiting Merriam at www.exploremerriam.com or follow us socially @ExploreMerriam! Happy travels.

Merriam’s Faces of Travel // #NTTW17

2017 marks the 34th year of National Travel & Tourism Week, an event celebrated across the Nation dedicated to recognizing those who work to serve others in the tourism and hospitality industry. As tourism supports the livelihoods of more than 15 million Americans, it’s only fitting that we take a moment to thank those who work tirelessly to welcome visitors to our destinations, go the extra “smile,” and make a difference in our communities.

The 2017 national theme, “Faces of Travel,” shines the spotlight on the individuals who make their living by serving others. All across the U.S., destinations will be hosting events and activities in honor of these deserving people, and Merriam is definitely joining the party! But, we couldn’t just feature one person during #NTTW17. Because we are fortunate to have so many supportive partners who help promote our great city, and tourism week provides wonderful exposure to showcase these individuals, we decided to feature someone new each day! Although it was a challenge selecting only six, we’ve created a daily mini-series we think you’ll enjoy as you learn more about “Merriam’s Faces of Travel.”

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Take a peek at the line-up below, meet today’s featured face of travel, then check back daily on our social channels to meet a new Merriam face each day this week!

Merriam’s Faces of Travel, 2017

Monday, May 8 – Marc O’Leary, Strawberry Hill Povitica

Tuesday, May 9 – Jessica Arenholz, Drury Inn

Wednesday, May 10 – Annie Richmond, IKEA

Thursday, May 11 – Rita Madison, Security Bank

Friday, May 12 – Christine Evans Hands & Nancy Hupp, Merriam City Council

>>Stay tuned daily to meet a new Merriam Face of Travel on the social channels below! 

>>Check out this video featuring nationwide Faces of Travel, including Samantha Brown (we love your luggage, girl) from U.S. Travel! 

 >>Engage in the conversation online: #merriamks #NTTW17 #FacesOfTravel #NoPlaceLikeKS