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Hotwire suggests that employees take advantage of deals between Thanksgiving and Christmas, but a bigger question is how the industry can encourage them to take breaks earlier in the year. today released additional findings from its second annual American Travel Behavior Survey, conducted online by Harris Interactive in October 2012 among over 2,000 U.S. adults. The new information shows that that most Americans will leave an average of 9.2 paid vacation days on the table this year, a 48 percent increase from 2011’s average of 6.2 unused paid vacation days.

While the majority of working Americans haven’t taken advantage of all their vacation days, the Survey showed that they’d like to. According to the new information, 87 percent of Americans would take more leisure trips if they felt they had the time and the money to do so.

“It’s obvious that people want to travel more, but these surprising results also make it clear that if they do not find the savings or a deal to do so they will not take that extra trip, leaving many with over a week of leftover paid vacation,” said Clem Bason, president of the Hotwire Group. “The good news is that our data shows one of the best times to travel is just around the corner. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, hotels, airlines and car rental companies will inundate sites like Hotwire with some of the best deals we’ll see all year.”

There’s no time like the present to take advantage of your unused vacation days and book that trip you’ve wanted to go on. To help illustrate the deep savings consumers can find between Thanksgiving and Christmas as compared to the peak summer season, Hotwire® has compiled a list of the top 10 destinations that will offer the deepest hotel savings. These destinations include:

In addition to the deep savings associated with travel between Thanksgiving and Christmas, there are numerous other times throughout the year when Americans can cash in on their unused vacation days while staying within their budget. By turning to the Hotwire® travel app, Americans will be able to take more trips and save year round on travel to exciting and rejuvenating locales.

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