Project: Time Off is U.S. Travel’s initiative to prove the value of time off for personal well-being, professional success, business performance, and economic expansion.

American workers are overwhelmed. After years of being asked to do more with less, workers are overstretched, stressed out, and exhausted. We have become a nation of “work martyrs” and our own biggest barriers to taking vacation.

Project: Time Off is leading a national movement to transform American attitudes and change behavior around time off. We aim to win back America's Lost Week and shift culture so that taking time off is understood as essential to personal well-being, professional success, business performance, and economic expansion. 

Join us in disrupting the vacation stigma. Learn about the benefits of vacation, communicate about it with coworkers and company management, and lead by example by taking advantage of your paid time off.

It’s time for America to tackle Project: Time Off and experience the upside of downtime. Visit to learn more. 

Latest Research

Project: Time Off's latest report, The High Price of Silence: Analyzing the Business Implications of an Under-Vacationed Workforce, reveals the cost implications for businesses that ignore the power of vacation.

There is a significant disconnect between managers' beliefs and behavior. Despite overwhelming support of employee vacations, managers are much more likely to leave vacation time unused, and feel a great deal of stress and anxiety taking time off, which works its way through the rest of the company.

The report uncovers the $272 billion in vacation liability—up 21 percent since 2015—sitting on the balance sheets of the American private sector. That's the time employees can roll over or bank. But the cost of unused time goes far beyond that number. Skipping vacations means less creativity and innovation, and lower energy and productivity.

There are some enlightened companies that appreciate the power of vacation and are harnessing it for the good of their business. This report highlights several case examples of companies that are making vacation work for them. From inspiring the vision of what Starbucks has become to lowering health care costs at FullContact to teaching Deloitte Consulting's CEO that disconnecting is a great test of his talent strategy, vacation has made the difference.

Project: Time Off Coalition Advisory Group

Brad Dean
Myrtle Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau
Katie McBreen
National Retail Federation

Bill Sutherland
Maria Gillen
Jonathan Zuk
Amadeo Travel Solutions
Sheetal Doshi
American Express
Howard Nusbaum
American Resort Development Association
Glen MacDonell
Best Western Hotels & Resorts
Mike Massari
Caesars Entertainment, Inc.
Helen Hill
Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau
Christine Lynn
Choice Hotels International
Mike Gallagher
Doug Price
Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau
Elliott Ferguson
Destination DC
Stevi Wara
Diamond Resorts
Kathy Kilmer
Disney Destinations, LLC
Steve Short
Enterprise Holdings, Inc.
Stephanie Baker
Entertainment Benefits Group
Monya Mandich
Expedia Media Solutions
D.T. Minich
Experience Kissimmee
Jonas Neihardt
Hilton Worldwide
Mike Waterman
Houston First Corporation
Debbie Grant
InterContinental Hotels Group
Fred Dixon
NYC & Company
Lisa Marchese
Las Vegas Sands Corporation
Kyle Edminston
Louisiana Office of Tourism
Chris Fogg
Maine Tourism Association
Melissa Flood
Marriott International
Brian Miller
Marriott Vacations Worldwide
Nina Biornstad
Mike Dominguez
MGM Resorts International
Fred Dixon
NYC & Company
Stephen Revetria
San Francisco Giants
Sheri Keller
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment
Kenneth Fischang
Sonoma County Tourism
Duane Parrish
South Carolina Dept. of Parks, Recreation, & Tourism
James Hagen
South Dakota Department of Tourism
Carylann Assante
Student & Youth Travel Association
Andrew Eisner
Travel Channel
Todd Davidson
Travel Oregon
Jeff Miller
Travel Portland
Craig Evans
Universal Parks & Resorts
Rita McLenny
Virginia Tourism Association
Connie Del Signore
Visit Annapolis and Anne Arundel County
Caroline Beteta
Visit California
Will Seccombe
Visit Florida
Bill Skrzat
Wyndham Worldwide

Quick Facts

  • 658


    Days of Unused Leave Annually
    If Americans were to use all their unused time off, it would deliver a $223 billion jolt to the U.S. economy and create 1.6 million new American jobs.
  • 16.2


    Average number of vacation days used annually
    From 1976 to 2000, American workers used 20.3 days of vacation each year. Since then, the number has dropped precipitously, with American workers reporting just 16.2 days used in 2015—almost a full workweek less. This is America's Lost Week.
  • $61.4


    In Forfeited Benefits
    By giving up this time off, Americans are effectively volunteering hundreds of millions of days of free work for their employers, which results in $61.4 billion in forfeited benefits. Even worse than working as unwitting volunteers, employees who take little vacation time could be hurting their chances at a raise or bonus.