Project: Time Off is U.S. Travel’s campaign to prove the value and necessity of taking vacation.?

Vacation is essential for strong bonds with family and friends, a productive workforce, and a fulfilled life. Unfortunately, Project: Time Off has uncovered an alarming trend: over the last 40 years, American vacation usage has declined dramatically. For decades, Americans took an average of 20.3 days of vacation, but in 2000, usage fell below the long-term average and has yet to recover. The latest data shows the trendline moving in a positive direction, back up to 17.2 days used in 2017, after losing almost a week of vacation time. But there is still much to be done.

Project: Time Off chart of America's vacation trendline, 1978-2017.

Overwhelmed by the stress and pressure of a 24/7 work culture, we are operating on the edge of burnout and leaving hundreds of millions of vacation days on the table each year (and losing out on hundreds of billions of dollars in economic potential).

America’s vacation deprivation shortchanges the time we invest in our personal relationships, undermines our performance at work, and threatens our health and well-being. Still, Americans are choosing work martyrdom over time off and see vacation as a nice-to-have.

Project: Time Off wants Americans to reclaim their vacation days, travel the country, and reap the benefits of a true break. Visit ProjectTimeOff.com to learn more.

Quick Facts

  • 705

    Million

    Total Unused Vacation Days Annually
    If Americans were to use all their unused time off, it would deliver a $255 billion jolt to the U.S. economy and create 1.9 million new American jobs.
  • 17.2

    Days

    Average Number of Vacation Days Taken in 2017
    For decades, Americans took an average of 20.3 days of vacation, but in 2000, usage fell below the long-term average and has yet to recover. The latest data shows the trendline moving in a positive direction, back up to 17.2 days used in 2017.
  • 52

    %

    Americans With Unused Vacation Days
    While still a majority, 52 percent of employees reported having unused vacation days at the end of the year, compared to 54 percent in 2016 and 55 percent in 2015.