This year, Plan for Vacation Day may seem a little different, but one thing remains the same - a getaway is just what you need to feel refreshed and renewed.

Though many Americans are not ready or able to take a trip just yet, there is a wealth of information that says simply planning a vacation can increase happiness. In fact, 97 percent of survey respondents say having a trip planned makes them happier — and that’s exactly what we will encourage people to do this year. 

Plan for Vacation Day - from the US Travel Association - encourages people to still plan futture vacations, or to simply keep their travel flame lit and dream of their next getaway. As you plan your future trips, the travel industry is ready to safely welcome you back, when you’re ready. In 2020, the constraints of the pandemic resulted in Americans using, on average, just 6.8 earned vacation days for travel. Survey data shows that 84 percent of Americans are excited to plan a vacation in the next six months, indicating an impending surge in travel demand once conditions improve.

A vacation doesn't have to be a trip to far-flung destination, it can be as simple as a few days exploring your own back yard. Make 2021 the year you commit to getting out and exploring your own back yard. Take time to trek on Matanuska Glacier, or spend a day hiking in Denali State Park. Use your time to experience things people only dream about. It will inspire and refresh you - and that pile of paperwork on your desk will still be there when you return!