Today marks the celebration of National Plan for Vacation Day. As January swiftly slips away, Visit Lake Charles is encouraging travelers to seize the moment to plan an adventure with loved ones, plan time off to explore a local attraction, or invite friends and family to visit Southwest Louisiana during 2024.

Celebrated annually on the last Tuesday in January, the yearly reminder encourages Americans to prioritize their well-deserved time off and plan their vacation days for the whole year at the start of the year. Whether embarking on a road trip, exploring the city's vibrant cultural scene, or simply taking a moment to relax by the lakeside, personal days are seen as an essential component of a well-balanced and fulfilling life.

Visit Lake Charles Chief Marketing Officer Timothy Bush expressed excitement about the initiative, stating, "Taking time off work is not just a luxury or a journey somewhere new, but it is essential for the soul. It is a necessity to replenish our spirit, broaden our perspective, and rediscover the beauty of life beyond what we know in the daily grind. By committing to planning on January 30, families can enjoy the many benefits of time off, give themselves something to look forward to, and create memories that will last a lifetime.”

Each year, Americans leave more than 600 million vacation days unused, negatively affecting mental health, personal relationships and job performance. National Plan for Vacation Day helps highlight the importance of taking time off to travel—both for our personal health and wellbeing and for the overall economic prosperity of our nation.

Southwest Louisiana, renowned for its unique blend of Southern hospitality, cultural richness, and natural beauty, provides the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable vacation experience. Residents are encouraged to take advantage of the region’s outdoor activities, big city amenities, and numerous attractions that bring families closer together. For creative itinerary ideas or to see how other travelers are enjoying Southwest Louisiana, go to


About Visit Lake Charles:   Visit Lake Charles, the official destination marketing organization for Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana, is the only organization in Southwest Louisiana providing advocacy, promotion, and education for the tourism industry. For more information on Visit Lake Charles and things to see and do in Louisiana’s Playground, log on to