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Plan that 2019 vacation now!

Every year more than half of Americans (52 percent) fail to use all their time off, creating a stock pile of 705 million unused vacation days, up from 662 million days the year before. That is why every January, the U.S. Travel Association present National Plan a Vacation Day.

VisitNorman is here to help! Just in the next five months, some of the longest-running and most beloved events will be taking place:

March 2: Norman Mardi Gras Parade
April 5-7: Medieval Fair
April 25-27: Norman Music Festival
June 20-22: Jazz in June

(Subscribe to our newsletter and find out about all the other "vacation-worthy" events taking place in Norman in addition to these early 2019 favorites.)

Wanting to see a Sooner football game in the fall? Use this page to see the 2019 dates and plan a bucket-list #NormanGameDay.

“National Plan for Vacation Day is an opportunity for Americans and for America. And who better than the travel industry to help plan the perfect vacation?” said Roger Dow, President and CEO, U.S. Travel Association. “America offers something for everyone, whether you prefer a sunny day at the beach or a snowball fight in the mountains. We encourage every American to plan their time off to explore our great country."

The most effective remedy for American workers who want to use more vacation days is better planning. Yet just over half (52 percent) of households set aside time to plan the use of their vacation time each year.

Research shows that planners have a distinct advantage over non-planners: They use more of their time, take longer vacations, and are happier.

-53 percent of planners took all of their vacation time vs. 43 percent of non-planners.
-Planners are also more likely than non-planners to use all or most of their time off to travel (33 percent to 18 percent).
-More planners report they are “very” or “extremely” happy with their personal relationships (81 percent vs. 68 percent), health and well-being (56 percent vs. 43 percent), company (57 percent vs. 50 percent), and job (56 percent vs. 48 percent) compared to non-planners.

To help employees get their vacation days on the calendar, U.S. Travel Association created a vacation planning tool. By simply entering the number of days off earned, users can plot out their trips or vacations for the year, export to their work or personal calendar, and share with their family and co-workers.

We hope you take advantage of the tool and plan your trip to Norman in 2019!