Fun fact: Americans who use more than 75 percent of their vacation time to travel report the highest levels of happiness with their company, job, relationships, and overall well-being, according to a recent study by the U.S. Travel Association. Not so fun fact: More than 705 million vacation days went unused in the U.S. in 2018.

Enter National Plan for Vacation Day, occurring annually on the last Tuesday in January and created to help reverse this regrettable trend. (Travelers who plan well in advance, particularly at the start of a new year, typically use more of their vacation time and take longer vacations.) Our advice for celebrating in style: Contact a Virtuoso travel advisor, who can craft custom trips so you can pencil in more days to connect with other cultures and less on conference calls. It’s possible, believe us. Need proof, or more inspiration to get your bags packed? Check out some of our most popular Instagram posts of 2018 (note that none of these pics were taken at the office and, we’re betting, were posted mainly by those who planned ahead). Happy travels.

Location: Positano, Italy
Photo Credit: Sandi Todorovich (@sanditodorovich), travel advisor
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Location: Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Photo Credit: Tarquin Millington-Drake (@frontiersej), traveler advisor
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Location: Machu Picchu, Peru
Photo Credit: Phil Logan, traveler
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Location: Riviera Maya, Mexico
Photo Credit: Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya (@andazmayakoba.mx)
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Location: Moorea Island
Photo Credit: Lindsey Epperly (@LindseyEpperly), travel advisor
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Location: Uyuni Salt Flats, Bolivia
Photo Credit: Jacqueline Xerri (@trans_world_travel), travel advisor
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Location: Azores Islands, Portugal
Photo Credit: Magali Hinojosa (@magalihinojosa), travel advisor
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Location: Namibia
Photo Credit: Juliana Mulholland (@deserttosea), travel advisor
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Location: Bagan, Myanmar
Photo Credit: Catherine Kumph (@unkumpfortable), traveler
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Location: South Georgia Island
Photo Credit: Randy Ubillos (@rubillos), traveler
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