Get your brochures or virtual travel brochures and websites organized. Tomorrow is the day to plan your vacation time for the next year!

National Plan for Vacation Day has been celebrated on the last Tuesday of January, every year since 2015. That was the year the travel industry began keeping track of how much vacation time Americans actually used.

What they found was surprising. Close to 60% of Americans who do have paid vacation - don't use it! This probably goes hand-in-hand with recent surveys indicating that more than two-thirds of Americans are feeling burned out, and 79% of Americans believe vacation time is important to mental and physical health.

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There is no shortage of research supporting the conclusion that taking a break from work is important. Harvard Business Review reports that vacation time allows us to come back to work feeling "refreshed and recharged".

It could even save your life! A lower rate of stress can lead to lowered blood pressure and risk of coronary issues.

If those revelations aren't enough for you to start planning your vacation, maybe you should know that for some people, actually taking a vacation, can lead to a pay raise!

National Plan for Vacation Day is meant to encourage you to take your vacation days, and when you do - travel somewhere, even if it only means a tankful of gas or a weekend getaway.

If you plan your time off early in the year, you are more likely to use it.

Experience Sioux Falls has put together a fun quiz that can help you learn more about Sioux Falls landmarks and the importance of tourism in our own state.

Sources: Experience Sioux Falls, U.S.Travel Association, and Harvard Business Review


Have You Ever Explored the 'War Eagle Monument' on the South Dakota/Iowa Border?

Originally being from the Sioux City area, I grew up knowing about the War Eagle Monument perched on a bluff along I-29. There was at least one field trip for every kid in the area to the monument.

However, speaking with folks from Sioux Falls, they didn't seem to know what I was talking about. All they know about I-29 in Sioux City was that it was usually under construction.

When crossing into Iowa from South Dakota on I-29, look up!

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