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According to a recent survey by Project: Time Off, workers in Idaho are the least likely to use all their vacation time.

AAA Idaho reported in a press release that according to the survey, 78 percent of workers in Idaho left at least some vacation time unused in 2016, the highest percentage of all states. Idaho was followed by New Hampshire, with 77 percent, and Alaska, with 73 percent.

“It isn’t surprising that Idaho families have hard work in their DNA, but the survey results are a good reminder to take a well-deserved vacation from time to time,” said Matthew Conde, public affairs director for AAA Idaho.

According to AAA Idaho’s press release, American workers skipped a total of 662 million vacation days in 2016, a value of 236 billion dollars. To lower those numbers, AAA is working with Project: Time Off to promote January 30 as National Plan for Vacation Day. The day is intended to remind people to plan vacation for the rest of 2018.

“Although 81 percent of workers said planning a vacation would make life easier, just 49 percent actually take the time to do so,” Conde said. “People are learning the hard way that if you don’t block out some time on the calendar for a little fun, other things will fill it for you.”

AAA Idaho offers the following tips for planning for vacations:

n Get an early start. Just 52 percent of workers make a vacation request six weeks or more in advance. If you wait until the last minute to request time off, it will be harder to break away from a project or a busy work schedule – and harder to keep the work from piling up while you’re gone.

n Start planning, start saving. Reduce stress by giving yourself more time to budget for a trip.

n Talk to an expert. Experienced travel consultants, like those at AAA, can help you find the best value and maximize the quality of your overall travel experience.

n Tailor plans to your circumstances. If you can’t take large vacations due to cost or time constraints, take some time off for smaller getaways. Look for fairs, festivals and other nearby activities.

“With advance planning, Idaho workers can seize more opportunities to recharge and make important memories with friends and family,” Conde said. “They deserve it.”