National Plan for Vacation Day
January 28, 2020 is National Plan for Vacation Day, the day when you pull out the red pen and circle vacation days for the year. Go ahead and circle a Friday and a consecutive Monday here and there over the next 12 months to give yourself a few long weekends. Perhaps plan a week of travel during your favorite season?
National Plan for Vacation Day exists because studies have shown that vacation days are going unused. More and more each year. It's a sad reality, as our well-being depends on rest and relaxation.
According to U.S. Travel Association, 768 million vacation days were unused in 2018 resulting in $65.5 billion in lost benefits (basically, you donated your paid time off back to your employer). Unfortunately, those 768 million are an increase over 2017. The trend is continuing upward with more time off left on the table every year.
It's not that people don't want to take their time off to travel; they do. The key is in the planning. Those who plan to take more time off for the purpose of traveling are more successful in that pursuit than those who don't.
Let's plan ...
The REAL ID Act of 2005 takes effect October 1, 2020. That means "without the star, you won't go far."
- REAL ID-compliant cards are generally marked with a STAR in the upper portion of the card. The style of the star will vary depending on the state. It’s best to check with your state’s DMV directly to determine if your license is REAL ID compliant.
- Some states (including MI, MN, NY, VT and WA) are issuing enhanced driver’s licenses either instead of or in addition to REAL IDs. These are generally marked with a U.S. flag.
- All Americans traveling by air will need a REAL ID or another accepted form of identification to board a flight within the U.S. on and after October 1, 2020.
- Other forms of acceptable ID include: United States passport or passport card, U.S. military ID or DHS trusted traveler cards (Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI, FAST). TSA’s REAL ID webpage has a full list of accepted IDs.