The HomeAway Movement: Unused Vacation Time

Work is essential, of course, but for many of us our job becomes the focus of our daily life, to the point where taking time off seems impossible. Roughly 224 billion dollars is credited to corporations for unused vacation time. According to Project Time Off, this liability has been accumulated over years of employees rolling over unused paid time off that does not include sick or personal leave. CNN reported that about 57% of working Americans had unused vacation time at the end of 2011, and most of them left an average of 11 days on the table. So basically, more than half of us actually choose to not take our full time off from our jobs. Below is an inspiring video from HomeAway in order to promote their new campaign to help people focus on what’s really important in life. Homeaway offers beautiful home rentals all over the world to make your vacation perfect for you, your family and friends. Be sure to check out their home rentals in Destin Beach Florida, they’re beautiful!

Let’s work together to get people away from their desk and into an atmosphere where they can make moments with loved ones. Here are some tips on how you can focus on what’s important in life.

Daily Relaxation Time: Daily may seem like a big commitment, but there are 24 hours in a day and you owe yourself at least one of those hours. Color, take a bath with candles lit, watch your favorite show, do some cardio to a playlist of your favorite songs or meditate. Whatever helps you wind down and smile, make a promise to yourself that you have that happy time every day.

Yearly Vacations: Make a list of all of the places you want to see. Save up and see at least one of those places every year. On of my favorite quotes is, “Travel is the one thing you can spend your money on that will make you richer.” I agree with that 100%. You have to stop making excuses and just make it happen. See the world!

Appreciating Loved Ones: When you’re super consumed in work, you may forget to tell the ones you love how much they mean to you. Take your signifiant other on a date once a month, write your siblings letters telling them how much you care about them, make a scrapbook for your parents or plan a weekend with your best friends. There are so many little things you can do to make sure your loved ones feel appreciated. Don’t let your busy schedule let them fall through the cracks!


What makes you happy? How often do you actually do it?

xoxo, Kayla

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