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National Plan For Vacation Day: How DCI Spent Our Paid-Time Off in 2018

Whether it’s a trip to a mega-city like London or Hong Kong, or a beach vacation to the Caribbean, undoubtedly, vacations are an integral part of maintaining work-life satisfaction. However, despite the undisputed benefits of taking vacation, such as proven higher productivity and lower stress levels, only slightly more than half, or 58 percent of Americans take all of their vacation, and only one in three Canadians use all of their earned vacation time. As an initiative to reclaim our lost vacation time, the US Travel Association created National Plan for Vacation Day, celebrated this year on January 29, 2019, to encourage employees to plan their vacation days ahead of time, and establish the intent to take time-off, travel and reclaim their hard-earned paid time off.

At Development Counsellors International, not only do we encourage our staff to take their earned leave, we celebrate them for doing so! With flight giveaways, ‘plan for vacation’ parties and passport/ TSA Pre-Check incentives, we are proud to honor our commitment to living out our values, including pursuing happiness and embracing a passion for places — two key principles that are at the heart of everything we accomplish as a company. Interested in exploring how we lived out these values last year? Scroll down to see all the places this past year took us, and how even off the clock, we embraced our passion for travel:


Andy Levine, Tullylin, Ireland

Ally Carlson, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Tania Kedikian, Isla Catalina, Dominican Republic

Priya Sharma, Ensenada, Mexico

Hannah Khan, Cinque Terre, Italy

Aaron Jones, Shanghai, China

Kaitlin Lapka, Schwangau, Germany

Emily Ewing, Pacific Coast Highway, California

Jillian Downing, Pere Lachaise Cemetery,  Paris, France

Kayla Leska, Chefchaouen, Morocco

Stella Tsitsipatis, Cape Town, South Africa

Raul Cavazos, Copenhagen, Denmark

Stevie Carey, Petra, Jordan

Emma Perez, Banff National Park, Canada

Silvia Dominizi, Puglia, Italy

Janelle McKinsey, Honolulu, Hawaii  

Pamela Pereira, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Brianna Vetrano, Osaka, Japan

Georgia Jablon, Cartagena, Colombia

Sierra Baldwin, Indian Peaks, Colorado, USA

Susan Brake, Crested Butte, Colorado, USA

Laurel Gann, Nice, France

Luther Mosher, San Rafael Swell, Utah, USA

Kiara Concepcion, Kerið, Iceland


We want to see your travel pictures, too! Send us a tweet at @aboutdci to share your favorite vacation moments of 2018, or tell us about how you’re spending National Plan For Vacation Day! 

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