January 2022 has been a tough month for many of us, but we’re almost at the end of it.
Of course the temperature is below freezing and there is more snow on the way to keep us home on the weekends. But every day, the commute gets a little brighter. Warmer days are coming. What better day to make plans for the year ahead than today, National Plan for the Day Holiday?
According to the US Travel Association, the National Plan for Vacation Day is celebrated on the last Tuesday of January. It’s a day to encourage Americans to plan their vacation days for the coming year.
Since 2015, the travel industry and its partners have begun tracking vacation usage through surveys and found that many Americans are not using their earned vacations, which they believe can have a negative effect on mental health, personal relationships and job performance. The most recent survey data from Destination Analyst 2021 found that more than 68% of American workers felt at least moderately burnt out. Avoiding burnout was the top motivator for booking travel in the next six months.
From these surveys, they found that those who take the time to plan their vacations are more likely to use their days, while workers who do not premeditate these plans are likely to leave those days totally unused. Destination Analysist 2021 revealed that American workers left an average of more than four days or 29% of their paid vacation on the table in 2020. Don’t do that!
“The National Holiday Day Plan helps underscore the importance of taking time out to travel – both for our personal health and well-being and for our nation’s overall economic prosperity,” reads the statement. NPVD mission webpage. “Together, using #PlanForVacation, we’ll remind Americans to commit to — and take — their days off.”
Now that we have agreed on the use of our time, where are we going and what are we going to do? Whether you’re planning simple days off or more, check out our list of links below to find inspiration right in our own backyard – no plane tickets required.
Visit a museum
Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art
Sterling and Francine Clark Institute of Art
The Berkshire Museum
Norman Rockwell Museum
Herman Melville at the Arrowhead Museum
The Mount, Edith Warton’s mansion
Williams College Art Museum
Hancock Shaker Village
Berkshire Art Museum
The Boston Symphony’s summer home is returning to “old normal” this summer after a 2020 pandemic wipeout and a condensed six-week 2021 season.
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
Tanglewood recently announced its summer lineup.
Wilco Solid Sound Festival plans to return to North Adams May 27-29.
Fresh Grass will hit the stages at Mass MoCA from September 23-25. The festival celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2021.
Monument Mountain in Great Barrington
Lake Onota in Pittsfield
Cheshire Reservoir in Cheshire
Bash Bish Falls
Mass Audubon’s Pleasant Valley Wildlife Preserve
Berkshire Botanical Gardens
Nuamkeag to Stockbridge
Pack beach toys, swimsuits and lunch! Summer is finally here and it’s time to make the most of it by spending time in the sun on one of Berkshire’s many beaches. These local treasures are scattered throughout the county, each offering its own unique atmosphere and amenities. Not sure where the nearest beach is? Are you looking for a large bathing area? Want to explore new places? Do not worry. This comprehensive guide to all the public beaches in the Berkshires will help answer all your questions. Use this guide as a starting point and you might find a new favorite spot!