If the state of the political climate wasn't enough to have you worried about America, a recent survey conducted by Project Time Off, an advocacy group for the U.S. travel and tourism industry, shows that about half of Americans didn't use their vacation days this summer — and that's pretty troubling.
Aside from traveling just being the best use of time other than hugging and high fiving loved ones, there's evidence to support that the American economy might actually grow in very noticeable ways if our citizens were more diligent about taking their time off.
Their findings included this particularly eye-opening set of financial statistics: "If American workers used all of their available time off, the U.S. economy could reap an additional $160 billion in total business sales each year, supporting 1.2 million new American jobs. Furthermore, this additional economic activity would generate more than $21 billion in taxes.”
Basically research is saying that it's your moral obligation to actually use your vacation days to better this great land we live in. Be a patriot, head to a hotel, and sleep late.
Another survey on Skift.com actually breaks down the percentages of vacation days used — and it's pretty alarming.
This means there's only one reasonable solution, and that's you packing your overnight bag and telling your boss you're going to use at least a few of those days to improve yourself as a person, along with the economy.
Here are some travel ideas, in case you still need encouragement:
1. Shelter Island, New York
Shelter Island is a popular summer destination for New York's trendiest residents, but a totally cool, collected vacation experience for the still-warm days of September. The Chequit Hotel just opened and offers long weekend beach, hiking, kayaking, and vineyard options.
2. The Dutch Caribbean
The Dutch Caribbean islands are picking up in popularity steam, offer tons of regular flights, and are easy jaunts for most American travelers. Saba, the smallest of the Dutch Caribbean islands, is one to consider now because it offers world renowned scuba diving, hiking trails, deep sea fishing, and your friends will be completely shocked when you check in on social media to an island they've never heard of.
3. New York City
Fall is actually the best time to visit New York, so anyone who "forgot" to use their vacation days will enjoy the fact that they held out for crisp weather, beautiful scenery, and all the real New Yorkers being back in town versus the typical all-tourists scene during the summer. Opt for something overlooking Central Park like The Sherry-Netherland, a local classic, to enjoy the foliage, broadway shows (and yes, there's a Golden Girls puppet show opening) fireplaces, and access to every good restaurant your stomach has ever gurgled for. The lobby bar is also a great place to show off all the things you spent the day shopping for.
4. Cross the Antarctic Circle
Because frankly, why not? If you the majority of your vacation days left, there's a 23-day tour by Peregrine Adventures leading especially bold travelers across the Antarctic Circle by way of the Falkland Islands and South Georgia. You'll see whales, seals... and penguins, and literally zero of the annoying people you work with.
Jet Set is Bravo's launch pad for the most extravagant, luxurious, and unforgettable travel experiences. Ready for takeoff? Then Like us on Facebook to stay connected to our daily updates.