Americans left 768 million days of paid vacation time unused in 2018, a recent study by the U.S. Travel Association found. And 55% of Americans didn't use all the paid vacation time offered to them at work.

Employees work hard to earn their vacation time; it's part of their compensation package. Why not make sure you use all your paid vacation time this year? Even though summer is over and the prime vacation months may seem behind us, there are plenty of ways to make sure you get some relaxation in for the remainder of the year.

Whether you choose to enjoy vibrant fall foliage, ski, extend your Thanksgiving holiday, or even take some work with you, HomeExchange's 70,000 homes in the United States can make sure you don't let your paid time off go unused.

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Enjoy the season's vibrant colors with a vacation to see fall foliage

With this trusty fall foliage 2020 prediction map, you can find out precisely when to catch peak color this year. Head to Vermont, the Great Smoky Mountains, Aspen, or another foliage hotspot to enjoy the best nature has to offer. With a camera, some watercolors, and a fall jacket, you can enjoy a breathtaking week in nature marveling at the season.

Fall foliage weekend trips

Plan a cozy winter getaway

Vacation doesn't have to mean long days of sunburn, sand in every crevice, and swatting mosquitoes. There are countless cozy home exchanges waiting to welcome you for the colder months. Stay in a vacation cabin or browse the thousands of homes in the US with fireplaces. A long weekend with a good book, some hot chocolate, and your loved ones can provide a peaceful escape.

Try a ski or snowboard vacation

If snuggling up by the fire sounds boring, consider hitting the slopes with a home exchange near a ski or snowboard destination. Staying in a home exchange during your ski trip ensures you'll have a clean, private, welcoming house to return to at the end of a day on the slopes. You can find our tips for organizing a skip trip home exchange here. Use up the last of your vacation days, get active, and make awesome memories!

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Take some work with you

If you just can't get away from work for long, work remotely from somewhere new. You can take a few days (or half days) off or enjoy a long weekend, using your free time to explore a new region. Work from a home with a hot tub, a spacious home office, or a gorgeous mountain view. Since 91% of US HomeExchanges are equipped with Wi-Fi, you can stay connected in case something at work comes up that you just can't ignore.

Plan a last-minute vacation

Sometimes, a fast-paced work environment and ever-changing schedule can make it hard to plan a vacation well in advance. You can travel with flexibility, and without paying outrageous prices, by home exchanging! Check out our guide to planning a last minute exchange.

Take an extra long holiday vacation

If you're already taking time off for Thanksgiving and Christmas, consider extending one of your holidays a bit so you can really unwind and unplug. Christmas falls on a Friday this year, as does New Year's Day, so add a few days to either end of your holiday break and make a week of it! You won't have to worry about high costs of accommodations when you're traveling with HomeExchange, and you can find something big enough for the whole extended family.

Don't let your well-deserved paid vacation days go unused this year. Enjoy a relaxing, last-minute getaway in one of the 70,000 HomeExchanges in the United States.

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