The U.S. Travel Association has named January 29 as "National Plan for Vacation Day" as a way to remind people to commit to taking their paid time off in 2019 and enjoying a vacation that rejuvenates, relaxes and restores.

In 2017, American left 705 million paid vacation days go unused. According to the U.S. Travel Association, employees feel more happiness with their company, their job, personal relationships and physical health and well being when they use more of their accrued time off for travel. Travel is a way to "reset" your day-to-day life, and taking advantage of time earned is one way to do that.

National Plan for Vacation Day is encourages Americans to plan all of their vacation days in advance and start making travel plans. Those who plan out their vacation time in advance are far more likely than average to use all their earned days off (53 percent to 43 percent), and planners are also more likely than non-planners to use all or most of their time off. 

Also according to the U.S. Travel Association, the traditional week-long trip is still the gold standard for most Americans, with 72 percent saying they prefer that length over a long-weekend vacation.

Alaska is a perfect destination for those starting to plan their vacation. With a seven-day itinerary, people can visit all of Southcentral Alaska. Walk on Matanuska Glacier, soar around Denali on a flightseeing trip, catch a salmon or just relax and be pampered at a luxury bed and breakfast. Learn about the Iditarod, take a farm tour or visit one of the Mat-Su Valley's many breweries - with seven days to work with, you'll find your next adventure here!