National Plan for Vacation Day!


The Secret to Maximizing Your Vacation Time This Year

“So much to do, so little time.” While the phrase may sound like it perfectly describes our lives, research shows there actually is time.

National Plan for Vacation Day logo

Americans universally say that vacation days are important to them, yet 54 percent of workers aren’t using their hard-earned vacation time. Project: Time Off research found that workers are taking nearly a full week less of vacation than we did in 2000, resulting in a stockpile of 600 million unused vacation days.

The secret to achieving your travel goals this year, while maintaining your excellent employee status, is planning

. Planning is the most important step in making vacation possible and, according to Project: Time Off, a majority (52%) of workers who set aside time each year to plan for travel take all their time off, compared to just 40 percent of non-planners. Planners also tend to take longer vacations: While three-in-four (75%) planners take a week or more at a time, non-planners take significantly fewer days—zero to three—than planners at once (42% to 18%).

The benefits of planning extend beyond days spent away from the office for rest and rejuvenation

. Planners report greater happiness than non-planners with their relationships, health and well-being, company, and job. Their bosses are probably happier, too, since they’re in the loop on when you’re going to be out and can prepare accordingly.

What are you waiting for? It’s time to take back your calendar and put vacation at the top of your list of priorities. Planning for vacation can be achieved in three simple steps:

  1. Determine how much time off you earn and identify the vacation policies at your workplace.
  2. Get to dreaming! How do you want to spend your time off this year?
  3. Plan out your days with Project: Time Off’s vacation planning tool and share with your manager, your colleagues, spouse—everyone!

This year, don’t let your vacation days be part of a statistic. Put the fear of missing out behind you and turn your bucket list into a to-do list by starting to plan now.

Serenity on State Suite with four-poster queen bed lamps and sofa bench
Serenity on State Suite ~ Blessings on State Bed & Breakfast Jacksonville, Illinois


Need some ideas? Here’s are some great ideas from our Jacksonville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

One Day? Two Days? Family Getaway? Romantic Weekend?

The Jacksonville Area can easily fill multiple days with activities and things to discover. Below is a list to help you get started!

Here for one day

  • Stop by the Eli Bridge Ferris Wheel for a picture in Community Park
  • Do the Underground Railroad self-guided driving tour and end out at Woodlawn Farm for a guided tour of the farm.
  • Lunch at Mulligan’s
  • Splash around at the Play for all Park
  • Walk our historic downtown and visit locally owned stores on the “The Arts Corner” (Just Fair Trade, Our Town Books, Eclectic Arts)
  • Cool off at the Frozen Penguin
  • Enjoy the end of your day with the Looking for Lincoln Audio Tour
  • Don’t forget dinner before you leave: Eat pizza at the locally famous Leo’s Pizza

Here for two days

  • Start your second morning off with a delicious breakfast from Norma’s North Star Cafe
  • Then head over to Governor Duncan Mansion for a tour. Take a little while to play at Duncan park
  • Visit the Jacksonville historic district and take part in our self-guided Historical Homes Walking Tour
  • Make some time for lunch at Annabel Lee’s Tea Room and finish with some antiquing in the Transfer Company Shops
  • Take a tour of our WallDog Murals downtown
  • Do some shopping downtown in the square and at the Lincoln Square Shopping Center
  • Catch a round of golf at Northridge or The Links
  • Stop by the Irish Toad for drinks
  • Finish the evening with dinner at Muggsy’s

Romantic Getaway

  • Spend the night at Blessings On State Bed & Breakfast, located in the heart of the historic district.
  • Check out the David Strawn Art Gallery
  • Catch one of the local theatre or music events
  • Have dinner at Lonzerotti’s, located in a restored train depot

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Lights illumine the front wraparound porch and windows as night falls at Blessings on State Bed & Breakfast a vintage Victorian mansion in Jacksonville IllinoisAbout Blessings on State Bed & Breakfast

Experience a stay in our award-winning Bed & Breakfast located in a magnificently restored 130-year-old mansion in the heart of the historic district. Pampered luxury is our goal, to delight both business and leisure travelers. We offer two upscale guest suites, each with private sitting rooms and private baths. We provide multi-course gourmet breakfasts, 24/7 family-friendly hot and cold beverages and snacks, and cookies and milk at bedtime. Wi-Fi is available throughout our home and each suite has a digital satellite TV and all-season fireplace. We are located just steps away from Illinois College, the Governor Duncan Mansion and Illinois School for the Deaf and our neighborhood is highlighted on one of Jacksonville’s historic walking tours. Escape the standard hotel room and enjoy your own private suite in the finest Jacksonville area lodging.

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