HomeAway Joins Project: Time Off In Encouraging


Americans To Plan For Vacation 


Research Shows Planners Take More Vacation, Are Happier


AUSTIN, Texas, January 25, 2018 — As part of National Plan for Vacation Day on January 30, HomeAway®, the world leader in vacation rentals, is joining the U.S. Travel Association’s Project: Time Off initiative in encouraging Americans to get the ball rolling on 2018 vacation planning. The push to plan comes on the heels of research that reveals a startling amount of vacation days left on the table.


Project: Time Off found that every year more than half of Americans (54 percent) fail to use all their time off, creating a stockpile of 662 million unused vacation days. Another study, Expedia’s Vacation Deprivation® report, shows the primary reasons cited for not taking time off are budget (43 percent), the desire to save vacation days for a longer holiday (30 percent), and being unable to get away from work (22 percent). National Plan for Vacation Day, launched by Project: Time Off, is a call to action for Americans to start making vacation plans.


“HomeAway is celebrating National Plan for Vacation Day because it’s time for Americans to reclaim all the time off that we work so hard to earn and realize all of its restorative benefits,” said Melanie Fish HomeAway’s travel expert. “HomeAway’s data shows that people who are good vacation planners ramp up their activity in January, so now is the time to book that dream vacation.”


HomeAway offers four simple tips for first-time vacation home renters:




Research shows that planners have a distinct advantage over non-planners. Project: Time Off’s The State of American Vacation 2017 report found that planners use more of their time, take longer vacations, and are happier.



“America’s vacation deprivation shortchanges the time we invest in our personal relationships, undermines our performance at work, and threatens our economic well-being,” said Katie Denis, chief of research and strategy for Project: Time Off. “In 2018, Americans need to plan for their bucket list, instead of the to-do list.”


To help employees get their vacation days on the calendar, Project: Time Off created a vacation planning tool. By simply entering the number of earned days off, 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.


About National Plan for Vacation Day

National Plan for Vacation Day, celebrated on January 30, is a day to encourage Americans to plan their vacation days for the rest of the year at the start of the year. Launched by the U.S. Travel Association’s Project: Time Off initiative in 2017, National Plan for Vacation Day provides an opportunity to come together at a single moment to rally around the importance of planning for vacation. In its inaugural year, more than 600 organizations representing all 50 states came together to encourage Americans to plan for vacation. Learn more at and join the conversation online with #PlanForVacation.

About HomeAway

HomeAway, based in Austin, Texas, is the world’s leading online marketplace for the vacation rental industry with sites representing more than two million unique places to stay in 190 countries, and is a part of the Expedia family of brands. For more information about HomeAway, please visit



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