According to a report published by the American Resort Development Association (ARDA), timeshare owners across the U.S. are more likely to use all of their paid time off from work since their vacations are prepaid. But owning a timeshare is just one of many ways you can get more vacation time at work. Ditch the office’s fluorescent lights for the sun’s intoxicating rays!

Pros of Owning a Timeshare: Enjoy Your Time Off

Going on vacation can reduce stress, increase your brain power, and make you an all-around happier person. According to an Oxford Economics survey of 971 employees, 4 in 10 U.S. workers finished 2013 with unused paid time off – leaving an average of 3.2 days behind.

Chances are if you own a timeshare, you’re not going to let those unused vacation days go to waste. Timeshare owners have the right idea by using their vacation time up, since working nonstop without taking a breather just adds to stress levels and negatively affects productivity.

However, sometimes taking a vacation, even when you own a timeshare, might not be within your budget. After factoring in flight, entertainment, and dining expenses, letting those vacation days go is common. This means planning out your next vacation is absolutely critical. Some great steps to take to ensure you’re able to enjoy all the benefits of your timeshare are:

  • Open a dedicated savings account to stash away that extra cash you’ll need to make the best of your vacation time. This will help cover expenses like transportation to your timeshare, dining, and other unexpected events.
  • Budgeting is also a handy way of storing away some extra savings. This can also turn into improved lifestyle changes like building that nest egg you’ve always dreamed about.
  • Don’t underestimate the power of the change jar or piggy bank. A change jar that sits on a desk for loose change in your pockets is a great way to save. By the end of the year you might amass a hefty amount of change. Talk about pennies from heaven!

We Need More Vacation Time

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported with the No-Vacation Nation that Americans are not using their vacation time, and thus they are not able to enjoy time off! With a timeshare, owners have annual weeks or points to use every single year, ensuring a prepaid vacation. Enjoy your time off and get away every year. Don’t let those paid time off work days get away! Here are some more statistics provided by the study done by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and No-Vacation Nation.

  • On average, U.S. workers receive about 10 vacation days after 1 year of service. (Workers in Europe are legally guaranteed at least 20 vacation days).
  • About 77% of workers receive paid holidays and vacation, including paid time off (i.e. sick time). So that means almost 1 in 4 American workers do not get paid vacations during the year.
  • Vacation time can take a while to accrue at most companies. On average, most U.S. workers will have to work for 5 years to go from 10 days of vacation to 15 days. And if you like to change jobs often, you’re always back at the beginning of accruing vacation time, usually starting off at 10 days again.
  • Since there has not been much legislation passed in defense of paid holidays and vacation time in the workplace for 20 years, there’s not much incentive to pass up the little time you do have for paid time off.
  • Expedia conducted their own study on U.S. workers and vacation time used and found that 500 million vacation days may have gone unused by workers in America.

And always remember: unless you get paid for your unused time off at the end of the year, use it or lose it!

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Author

Ryan Pittman is the Vice President of Marketing at Timeshares Only, Fidelity Real Estate, and Clearshare with responsibility for marketing programs, brand management, and corporate sponsorships. Prior to his current role, he worked in SEO, Network Engineering, Omnichannel Marketing, and Sales at several companies, and served as Cyberspace Information Technology and Information Systems Management positions for the United States Navy. Ryan’s greatest strengths are his intelligence, creativity, drive and leadership. In 2010 Ryan was recognized with the Letter of Appreciation by Commander A. G. Myers, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet for outstanding achievement, extraordinary dedication and professionalism. He lives in Orlando, Florida and loves to travel the world. Some of his favorite destinations are: The Caribbean, Israel, San Diego, Chicago, Austin and New York. In his free time, he likes to work on projects around the house, entertain guests, and you can generally find him on the water.

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