Plan Your Trip in 2023 for This Long Weekend

When one year ends and a new one begins, there is always a decision to vaguely “travel more”. I’ve never met anyone who made the decision to “travel less” but when it comes to sticking to your decisions , including those related to travel, being specific is key. If you’re going to “travel more”, you need to plan ahead now and set vacation dates; otherwise, the long-awaited long weekend tends to sneak up on you and pass you by, just like every other mediocre, miserable two-day weekend.

To both save money and manage your PTO, it pays to start planning ahead to take full advantage of all the long weekends we look forward to in 2023.

Federal holidays recognized in 2023

As you plan your vacation for the new year, it makes sense to extend your paid vacation by working on federal holidays. Here is your complete list of guaranteed or potential long holidays in 2023.

  • Monday, January 2 (recognized as New Year’s Day)
  • Monday, January 16 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)
  • Monday, February 20 (President’s Day)
  • Monday, May 29 (Remembrance Day)
  • Monday, June 19 (June 19)
  • Tuesday, July 4 (Independence Day)
  • Monday, September 4 (Labor Day)
  • Monday, October 9 (Indigenous Peoples Day)
  • Friday, November 10 (Veterans Day)
  • Thursday, November 23 (Thanksgiving)
  • Monday, December 25 (Christmas)

Since you will be one of the many employees who wish to take advantage of the leave dates listed above, you will need to obtain leave authorization in advance. Plus, booking flights and accommodation months in advance is one of the easiest ways to save money while traveling . Hey, maybe you can spoof some very strange US tourist attractions in the new year. (And maybe schedule your most hated recurring appointments for Monday—they get canceled quite often.)


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