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Vacation is an important part of success. Here’s how to make the most of it.

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Vacation is a wonderful thing. It’s a time to rest, relax, have fun, and make memories. And for most salaried American workers it’s a paid benefit, meaning you still get a paycheck when you come back from the beach.

That makes it all the more surprising that more than half of Americans didn’t use all their vacation days in 2018, according to the U.S. Travel Association, and left 768 million unused days on the table as a country. 

“We’re one of the few countries that doesn’t have a national vacation policy, and we leave the most unused vacation days on the table,” said Brigid Schulte, author of Overwhelmed: How to Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time. “As a country, we’re saying it doesn’t matter.”

That inability to kick back has dire consequences, Schulte says, including negative impacts on our health and our workplace performance. 

To make sure you’re getting time off from the grind and making the most of it when you do, watch the video above for expert tips on maximizing vacation.

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