American workers let nearly 430 million vacation days go to waste last year, according to a 2014 report from the U.S. Travel Association. One of the biggest excuses for staying deskside–cost. If you’re among the 33% of workers who think they can’t afford a vacation, consider taking an off-peak trip.
Traveling off-season is one of the best ways to keep costs down, save on airfare, score competitive prices on lodging and venues, and avoid crowds. Need more convincing? The U.S. Travel Association found that 85% of workers who took paid time off felt happier and less stressed when they returned to work. What’s more, senior business leaders agree that utilizing PTO improves employee concentration, productivity, creativity, and satisfaction. As for the mountain of work that awaits when you return—well, a paid vacation won’t make that disappear, but a trip to the Rocky Mountains will make it seem more manageable once you get back.
Consider one of these five off-season vacation ideas this fall and make PTO something worthwhile. Trust us: Once you take the plunge, you’ll never let another paid vacation day slide by again.
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