Summer is upon us—which means time to clock in those vacation days and have some fun in the sun… right? Turns out that up to 54 percent of Americans don’t use all of their earned vacation time, leaving over 662 million vacation unused each year. And according to Project: Time Off—a movement that strives to encourage vacation as a necessity for personal wellbeing—that means employees essentially donated an average of $604 in work time (a collective $66.4 billion!) to their employer.
In response to this data, fellow Time Inc. title Travel + Leisure recently launched Operation Vacation—an initiative urging people to use their vacation days and providing dozens of affordable, fun ways to do so.