Plan For Vacation Day is Here! See You in Pensacola!


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Nicole Stacey
Visit Pensacola
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Pensacola, Fla. (Tuesday, Jan. 29) – Every year more than half of Americans (52%) fail to use all their time off, creating a stockpile of 705 million unused vacation days. The most effective remedy for American workers who want to use more vacation days is better planning. Yet just over half (52%) of households set aside time to plan the use of their vacation time each year.

“Visit Pensacola is celebrating National Plan for Vacation Day because we want to encourage Americans to take their well-deserved time off,” President of Visit Pensacola Steve Hayes said. “And what better way to take a day than to travel to Pensacola? With a multitude of experiences, it’s the perfect destination for the whole family.”

By committing to planning on January 29, Americans can all reap the benefits of taking a break while giving yourself something to look forward to. Research shows that planners have a distinct advantage over non-planners: They use more of their time, take longer vacations, and are happier.

  • 53 percent of planners took all of their vacation time vs. 43 percent of non-planners.
  • Planners are also more likely than non-planners to use all or most of their time off to travel (33% to 18%).
  • More planners report they are “very” or “extremely” happy with their personal relationships (81% vs. 68%), health and well-being (56% vs. 43%), company (57% vs. 50%), and job (56% vs. 48%) compared to non-planners.

To help employees get their vacation days on the calendar, U.S. Travel Association created a vacation planning tool. By simply entering the number of days off earned, users can plot out their trips or vacations for the year, export to their work or personal calendar, and share with their family and co-workers.

Curious what a vacation in Pensacola would look like? What's your daydream? Days spent lazing on sugar-white sand? Soaking up the charms of a locals-love-it downtown? Roaming the halls of a pre-Civil War fort? Getting in touch with your outdoorsy side? The Pensacola Bay area delivers the experience you crave. Even better – you have options...pick just one way to spend your time with us or mix and match as it suits you. 

To learn more about travel to the Pensacola Bay Area and Plan For Vacation Day 2019, visit

About Visit Pensacola

Visit Pensacola is the destination management organization for Escambia County which includes Pensacola, Pensacola Beach and Perdido Key. With over 450 years of rich history and 18 miles of sugar-white sand beaches bordered by the emerald-green waters of the Gulf of Mexico, visitors from all over the world are lured to our pristine shores every year. Visit Pensacola supports the community vision of tourism by serving as the central body responsible for building tourism as an economic engine for our community through leadership, connection, collaboration and communication.