Looking for a Reason to Vacation? Here’s One for Every Month.

National Plan for Vacation Day is right around the corner. While some of us might be ready to start planning your time off — and have already used our Vacation Planning Tool to make it happen — we realize that others might need a little inspiration. Here are just a few ways you can plan for vacation throughout the year.

January

Don’t make your calendar beg. There’s no better day to start planning for vacations and time off than the beginning of the year. You have the whole calendar ahead of you — it’s all a blank slate, just waiting to be filled in.

February

More than 70,000 people signed this petition to make the day after the Super Bowl a national holiday. While that’s certainly just a pipe dream, there’s an easy way to make it a reality — go ahead and plan to take that day off yourself.

March

Everyone has a different number of days off at their disposal. But there’s a way to vacation, no matter how long a break you can afford to take. From long weekends to full-fledged sojourns, Travel & Leisure has ideas for any size spring break.

April

Does traveling frequently for your job make it difficult to plan for taking personal time off? Heading to a major conference or event? Perhaps it’s time to consider bleisure, maximizing business travel by adding a vacation day or two. According to Skift, more than one-third of business travelers already add leisure days to their business trips. While it’s not the right option for everybody—be sure to check your company’s travel policies—it can be a great way to use a few days that otherwise might go unplanned.

May

Celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week with us by hitting the road for Memorial Day. Adding an extra day or two to an already long weekend is a great way to make the most of a holiday—who wouldn't like a four- or five-day weekend?—and it saves you a day off that you can use later on for something more spontaneous.

June

Summer is here and school is out. Still trying to find a feasible family vacation? Looking for inspiration during the dog days of summer? Take a cue from our friend Samantha Brown:

I like to say, "dream global, but think local.” Check out your own home state’s official tourism site that is usually so incredibly well curated with ideas for getaways—whether it’s relaxing, romantic, family-focused, or adventurous. Choose a destination that is only a two- to four-hour drive away, so you spend as little of your time off in transit. Make it easy and keep it simple.

July

Congratulations on making it halfway through the year. Now's the time to make sure you rest as hard as you work. Might we suggest spending an afternoon bleachers of your nearest ballpark?

August

It's family vacation season, and you're not going to make real memories by sitting behind a desk. But whether or not you decide to stay plugged in or not when you’re spending some quality time with the fam, our research shows that planning your trip will allow you the time and space away from the daily grind so that you can truly unwind and recharge.

September

Two words: Apple. Picking. Here’s everything you need to know.

October

Do you know how close you are to a national park? There might be one right in your backyard. Get to exploring!

November

Are you always cursing your travel planning (or lack thereof) around Thanksgiving? While it may seem like there is never a "good" time to shuffle off during this week, taking a day on the return leg of your journey might just make getting home feel a lot less stressful than usual. Plus, you get to enjoy an extra day of leftovers.

December

It's the most wonderful time of the year. But don't let the last month of the year be the last month you plan time off for. Now's the right time to take advantage of deals at the end of the year. Even if you've already done well with spending your days throughout the year (congrats, by the way), there's nothing like taking the edge off by taking a day to get your holiday shopping out of the way.

Do you still need some ideas? Here are 30 more to spark some inspiration — and our handy calendar tool for when you’re ready to get started.

January 17, 2018