Don’t let unused vacation days go to waste during COVID-19: Take your PTO this fall

Published on August 26th, 2020

Last updated on November 28th, 2022

Ah, Labor Day. The unofficial end of summer brings a three-day weekend, which is nice. But for many of us it also begins a long stretch without any holiday from work. The countdownMackinac Island is the perfect place to use some of your remaining PTO and set yourself free during the COVID-19 pandemic. from Sept. 7 to Thanksgiving this year is 80 days.

What a great time to take some of your unused vacation time!

A lot of people like to use paid time off around Thanksgiving and Christmas to enjoy an extended break from work. After all, that’s when kids are off school and when many people travel to visit family and friends. The thing is, even though people tend to take time off during the year-end holidays, we still leave a ton of vacation days unused. In fact, 55% of Americans don’t use all of their PTO. In 2018, that added up to 768 million days of unused vacation nationwide!

This year, since many of us have cancelled vacations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we might leave even more time on the table. We’re two-thirds of the way through 2020, yet very few of us have used two-thirds of our allotted PTO.

Why not block some time off during the holidays, and take a vacation this fall, too?

Even though Labor Day is the symbolic bookend to summer, it’s not the end of the season on Michigan’s Mackinac Island. Fall is actually a gorgeous time on Mackinac Island. September just might be the most pleasant month of the year, with warm sunny days and cool, comfortable nights. Then October brings spectacular falBrilliant fall colors on Mackinac Island make for spectacular sights in September and October.l colors to enjoy.

So many football games, tailgating parties and fall festivals already have been cancelled due to the pandemic that what else have you got to do? Go ahead and take the opportunity to get away for a few days this fall to experience something new or get reacquainted with a familiar destination.

Not only is fall on Mackinac Island beautiful, but many of Mackinac Island’s sights to see and things to do are largely unaffected by COVID-19 because they’re outdoors. More than 80 percent of Mackinac Island is a state park where you’re out in the fresh air with natural social distancing. Elsewhere, at Mackinac Island’s places to stay, restaurants and attractions, precautions are being taken to reduce the risk of the coronavirus.

Of course, even if you have weeks of vacation time left to use, you probably have a lot of work to do. If you must work, you can work remotely from Mackinac Island just as well as you can work remotely from home. And if you need to de-stress from the workday, what better place than Mackinac Island where you can fill your soul with stunning waterfront views and soothe your spirit with the island’s relaxed vibe?

Even school is happening remotely for many students this fall, so families might be able to sneak away for a long weekend without getting in the way of their kids’ studies. Maybe you could even escape for the whole week. If school is online, you can learn just as well from Mackinac Island as you can from home.

Mackinac Island is making it easy to work or go to school while visiting this fall. For example, Grand Hotel is setting up free, socially-distanced meeting space from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday starting Sept. 8 as part of the Grand Back to School Package. Just bring your books and laptop or mobile device so you can

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attend virtual classes and complete your studies remotely during the day, then get out and play on Mackinac Island when school lets out.

Mission Point Resort also is making dedicated classroom space available to guests at its newly renovated conference center. Mission Point also has created lesson plans centered around the unique wonders of Mackinac Island, from the science behind Arch Rock to the history at Fort Mackinac. And don’t forget phys ed: When the schoolwork is done, the whole family can get out and play in the vast expanse of Mackinac Island State Park!

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The majority of American workers leave vacation time unused in a normal year, let alone one like 2020 where we haven’t been able to travel like normal. Be sure to use some of your remaining days this fall before it’s too late. And if you think it’s already too late to book a trip for this fall, well, it’s not. Chances are you can find a room on Mackinac Island this week!

Search for a place to stay on Mackinac Island this fall. Don’t let your hard-earned vacation time go to waste this year!