Celebrate National Plan a Vacation Day with Natural Retreats

Unfortunately, society tends to glorify the idea of working relentlessly long hours with very little personal time. It’s become customary to tout how many hours of work are put in per week and how it’s important to “be dedicated to the work hustle”. Of course, it’s wonderful to be career driven and passionate about work, but where do we draw the line between hard work and teetering on the verge of burnout?

The reality is, most Americans are not using their PTO. A 2019 study conducted by the U.S. Travel Association reported that in 2019, a record number of 768 million days of PTO were not taken and 236 million of the total did not roll over to the following year, estimating approximately a $65.5 billion loss in company benefits. Within the same study, the U.S. Travel Association noted that “over 80% of workers say it is important to use their time off to travel, but do not actually take the trip (U.S. Travel Assoc., 2019).”

We challenge you to adjust this mindset. You deserve to take a vacation.

At Natural Retreats, we want to encourage and normalize using vacation days– in full–for the year. To help inspire you to plan your 2022 vacation, we are celebrating National Plan a Vacation Day (yes, January 25 actually is National Plan a Vacation Day) and highlighting what makes each of our destinations so special.

If you were looking for a sign to book that trip you’ve been fantasizing about - this is it. Now let’s narrow down a dream destination…

Lake Tahoe is best known for being the largest freshwater lake in the Sierra Nevadas, offering plenty of activities from skiing to stand-up paddle boarding.

Mammoth Lakes is best known for several local hot springs, a lively mountain town, and is a 2.5-hour drive from Yosemite National Park.

Palm Springs is best known for marrying luxury with history in iconic Mid-Century Modern architecture that exudes an atmosphere of Old Hollywood.

Breckenridge is best known for offering a plethora of year-round adventures from skiing to fly-fishing and white-water rafting.

Cape San Blas is best known for being the hidden gem on the Florida panhandle, boasting white-sand beaches and turquoise-blue water.

Tybee Island is best known for being a short, 20-minute drive from historic Savannah and offering plenty of coastal, southern charm.

Sun Valley is best known for “America’s First Destination Ski Resort”, which has attracted mountain enthusiasts for decades, including Hollywood elites.

Big Sky is best known for providing year-round outdoor adventuring and is a short drive to the iconic Yellowstone National Park.

The Lakes Region is best known for giving home to several lakes, stunning waterfront properties, and ample opportunities for watersports.

Taos Ski Valley is best known for combining the natural beauty of the mountains with the rich history of the indigenous people of New Mexico.

Sea Islands is best known for sweeping moss-covered trees, authentic low-country delicacies, and fascinating Gullah-Geechee roots.

Great Smoky Mountains is best known for the popular Great Smoky Mountains National Park and being one of the most family-friendly destinations on the East coast.

Park City is best known for attracting visitors from all over the world with two world-class ski resorts and the annual Sundance Film Festival.

Hot Springs is best known for being nestled in the stunning Allegheny Mountains, offering plenty of opportunities to enjoy the peace and quiet of the Old Dominion.

Celebrate National Plan a Vacation Day with Natural Retreats today and let 2022 be the year you break the status quo by booking the vacation you’ve been dreaming of. Be sure to tag us on social media at @naturalretreats and use #openthedoortomore so we can follow along on your adventures. Happiest of planning on your next vacation!