There’s no time like the present to start planning a vacation!
Every year more than half of Americans (54%) fail to use all their time off, creating a stock pile of 662 million unused vacation days. The most effective remedy for those who want to use more vacation days? Better planning. 52% of planners took all of their vacation time vs. 40% of non-planners.
In celebration of National Plan For Vacation Day today, here’s a few destinations to consider for 2018.
The Azores, Portugal
The undiscovered Azores, a Portuguese archipelago 1,000 miles off the coast of Europe, offers incredibly diverse and stunning terrain– mountains, jungles, beaches, hot springs and more. Perfect for Americans seeking adventure, diversity, culture, the Azores is now a short flight from the east coast (just 3 hours 55 minutes from Boston, with additional direct access just announced from New York). The islands’ premier tour operator, AzoresGetaways.com, curates air-inclusive customized and intentionally-packaged experiences to showcase the islands’ best of the best. The Summer in Sao Miguel package ($1059 or under $200/night) inclusive of round trip flights, 7 days at a 4-star hotel, select meals and experiences, is the perfect option to experience this beautiful green jewel in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. With stunning lush landscapes, sunny black sand beaches, crystal clear ocean waters, exotic plants, dormant volcanoes, and hot springs, São Miguel is the perfect vacation destination for nature lovers, beach bums, or those looking for an off-the beaten path European summer destination.
Boasting over 40 years in the yacht charter industry, Sunsail provides unforgettable sailing adventures to exploratory travelers, with its fleet of 500+ vessels, including 5 global sailing schools, in 25 jaw-dropping destinations worldwide. From seven days of sailing in the Saronic to two weeks on a chilled-out Caribbean adventure, Sunsail is redefining the nautical vacation, whether travelers are looking for a tailor-made vacation, bareboat (monohull, catamaran), skippered or yacht charter, flotilla or sailing course. Caribbean comeback efforts are well underway and for those looking to support the areas affected by last year’s hurricanes, traveling to the Caribbean is the best way to help.
Taj Hotels Palaces Resorts Safaris
From historic, living palaces to far-flung safaris and exotic escapes, Taj offers endless options for planning an inspired 2018 getaway. Most notable this year is the highly-anticipated Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Andamans, opening in March. The hotel is set to become the premier luxury property in the Bay of Bengal island chain and will feature 75 villas inspired by traditional Jarawa huts. The stunning resort will also offer the unique bioluminescence phenomenon (emission of light by living organisms) as well as ample opportunities for kayaking, snorkeling, diving and fishing. If you prefer wild adventure to beach-lounging, experience the Taj Safari lodges of Mahua Kothi or the recently opened Meghauli Serai. Of course, no travel bucket list would be complete without the enchanting palaces – Taj Lake Palace and The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai will not disappoint.
Park Hyatt St. Kitts
The highly-anticipated Park Hyatt St. Kitts – opened November 1st as the brand’s flagship Caribbean property and St. Kitts’ first luxury branded beachfront resort – is offering discerning travelers a fourth night free with a $300 airfare credit per person. Guests can take advantage of the very first Miraval Spa to open in the Caribbean, sea-to-plate dining and tasting menus at three signature restaurants, plenty of beachside activities and more! *For bookings from January 3rd to March 31st, the resort is offering discerning travelers a fourth night free with a $300 airfare credit per person
Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach (Florida)
Located in the heart of Clearwater Beach, Florida, Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach is the destination’s newest property (opened January 2017). Featuring luxurious guest rooms with expansive views of the Gulf of Mexico and the Intracoastal Waterway, a tranquil spa, three onsite dining options, easy each access and a welcoming pool, the property is an ideal destination for the most relaxing vacation, which let’s face it is the best way to spend your PTO days.
Abercrombie & Kent
The deal of the year, one that will not come again, is for the journey of a lifetime…for a limited time guests can save $3,000 per person on bookings for Abercrombie & Kent’s December 12, 2018 journey to Antarctica. The incredible offer from the luxury tour operator is only available through March 31, 2018 and while cabins are available. Guests will embark on an award-winning Luxury Expedition Cruise for the centerpiece of the Southern Hemisphere – extraordinary Antarctica, the White Continent – discovering towering icebergs, impressive glaciers and wildlife in abundance. The 10 night cruise aboard luxurious ‘Le Lyrial’ offers guaranteed outside balcony accommodations for all guests, when exclusively chartered by A&K. Full itinerary details can be found here.
DuVine Cycling + Adventure Co.
Experiencing the world from behind handle bars is the best way for travelers to explore a new destination, and DuVine takes this a step further by opening doors to one-of-a-kind local experiences and embracing the spontaneous nature of bike travel. Unparalleled service, exquisite meals, and stunning boutique accommodations complete DuVine’s unforgettable experiences that once enjoyed, will forever change the way one travels. DuVine Cycling + Adventure Co. designs and leads luxury private and group cycling vacations in more than 20 countries and 50 regions around the world – with new departures in South Africa and Switzerland.
Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas
Atlantis is making it easier than ever for families to plan their next vacation. With new the family-centric amenities at the new Coral at Atlantis, designed specifically for the purpose of making travel easier on parents, families can stress less about the planning process and take more advantage of their PTO days instead of letting them go to waste. Highlights include: