As I’ve written before, there is finally a light at the end of this dark tunnel but due to new virus strains and the slow rollout of vaccines, it just got a little bit longer before we get there. But everyone is predicting that we will be traveling again by mid-summer, which is one of the many reasons why you might want to consider booking a trip today. Besides, It’s National Plan for Vacation Day (the last Tuesday of each January) and I think all of us could use the distraction of vacation-planning.

Historically, National Plan for Vacation Day has been intended to help address the problem of Americans failing to utilize all of their earned time off each year (an issue that persists, according to the latest data). But this year, according to US Travel, “Looking ahead to a travel experience provides a psychological boost. After the significant suffering and anxiety of the past year, putting a trip on the books can lift our outlook: previous polling found that 97% of Americans say having a trip planned makes them happier. And academic research has found that the positive effect of anticipating a journey rivals that of actually being on one.”

Another reason to start vacation-planning? It’s an ideal time to plan and book travel. “With the chilling effect that the pandemic has had on travel, favorable offers from travel providers are abundant and change or cancellation policies are flexible throughout the industry—from flights, to hotels, to car rentals and theme parks. And as vaccines become more widely available and Americans’ pent-up demand for travel creates a booking surge, those offers are likely going to become harder to find.” I’ve included some of the great travel deals below but be sure to follow me on Twitter and follow your favorite travel brands, too, to see if they are offering any travel deals today. Many will be using the hashtag #PlanForVacation.

Here are some of the travel deals that were sent to me in advance:

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, celebrating National Plan for Vacation Day (Jan. 26) in a BIG way with a three-day mobile app flash sale of an additional 25% off best available rates for travelers planning a future trip. The rare three-day flash sale is for National Plan for Vacation Day. To take advantage of Wyndham’s latest flash sale, deal-seekers must first download the all-new Wyndham Hotels & Resorts’ mobile app, available in the Apple App and Google Play stores. Simply tap the Mobile App Flash Sale offer on the app’s home screen to access the offer! For full terms and conditions, visit

Below is a sampling of Colorado’s limited-time offers now available to travelers in search of a summertime adventure. Most offers encourage booking now for summer travel through Labor Day and provide flexible cancellation policies. To view the Colorado travel deals in this promotion, please visit Travelers can look forward to an incredible summer adventure amidst Colorado’s breathtaking landscapes and wide open spaces.

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