Six Ways to Use Unused Vacation Time

PHOTO: As the world anxiously awaits the release of the latest Bond installation, "Skyfall," 007 devotees can travel to the filming site of "Casino Royale," One&Only Ocean Club in the Bahamas. The resort features terraced gardens, fountains and a magnific
One&Only Ocean Club

With just eight weeks left of 2012, it's time to "use 'em or lose 'em," as the saying goes about vacation days.

Fifty-seven percent of Americans don't use all their vacation days, according to a study earlier this year by Harris Interactive.

If you're at a loss for ideas on how to spend your remaining time off, following are six ideas -- whether you've got all the time in the world or just a few to spend.

PHOTO: Just south of London in the coastal town of New Milton, the five-star Chewton Glen has introduced treehouse suites. With private balconies, panoramic views, and in-tree spa treatments, these are not your kids' treehouses.
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Five Days: England Town & Country

The best of both worlds comes together with a jaunt to London followed by a country visit to Hampshire. The Halkin by COMO's Park Lane is central for exploring -- shop Bond Street, visit Lord's Cricket Grounds or tour Courtauld Institute of Art – known as the finest small museum in the world. Just south of London in the coastal town of New Milton, the five-star Chewton Glen has introduced treehouse suites. With private balconies, panoramic views, and in-tree spa treatments, these are not your kids' treehouses.

PHOTO: Long hours, crowded commutes and stressed-out days are indicative of a lifestyle that begs peace and quiet. Botanique Hotel & Spa, in the heart of the Mantiqueira Mountains is for those who seek peace in nature At Botanique, hotel owners have place
Botanique Hotel & Spa
Four Days: Brazilian Silence Retreat

Long hours, crowded commutes and stressed-out days are indicative of a lifestyle that begs peace and quiet. Enter Botanique Hotel & Spa, in the heart of the Mantiqueira Mountains. The hotel is for those who seek peace in nature At Botanique, silence is golden. Hotel owners have placed a premium on peace and quiet, including not permitting cars or helicopters near the property. Guests are chauffeured by quiet, electric cars.

PHOTO: It's famous for wine, but the spa offerings in Napa Valley wine country are also serious business. In Calistoga, visitors take relaxation so seriously it's said that travelers used to stroll Main Street in their spa robes. Today, hot springs, sulfu
Calistoga
Three Days: Napa Valley Spa Getaway

It's famous for wine, but the spa offerings in Napa Valley wine country are also serious business. In Calistoga, visitors take relaxation so seriously it's said that travelers used to stroll Main Street in their spa robes. Today, hot springs, sulfur baths, minerals and mud ensures that while guests may not stroll Main Street in their robes, they will spend most of their time in them.

PHOTO: The new Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort is a complete transformation of the former Jalousie Plantation and is set within the volcanic rainforests of Val des Pitons, a UNESCO World Heritage site famous for diving. At Anse Cochon, travelers wreck dive
Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort
Two Days: Scuba Diving in St. Lucia

The new Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort is a complete transformation of the former Jalousie Plantation and is set within the volcanic rainforests of Val des Pitons, a UNESCO World Heritage site famous for diving. At Anse Cochon, travelers wreck dive to explore the remains of the Lesleen M, a former 165-foot coastal freighter now home to seahorses, stingrays, octopus, eels and more.

PHOTO: As the world anxiously awaits the release of the latest Bond installation, "Skyfall," 007 devotees can travel to the filming site of "Casino Royale," One&Only Ocean Club in the Bahamas. The resort features terraced gardens, fountains and a magnific
One&Only Ocean Club
One Day: Weekend Caribbean Jaunt

As the world anxiously awaits the release of the latest Bond installation, "Skyfall," 007 devotees can travel to the filming site of "Casino Royale," One&Only Ocean Club in the Bahamas. The resort features terraced gardens, fountains and a magnificent 12th-century Augustian cloister, shipped piece-by-piece from France.

PHOTO: Crystal Cruises Full World Cruise circumnavigates the globe. Caribbean and French Polynesian shores, the wilds of Madagascar, exotic Cape Town, picturesque New Zealand and the vibrant energy of Rio de Janeiro's Carnival are some itinerary highlight
Courtesy Crystal Cruises Full World Cruise
Retired, Around the World in 108 Days

Crystal Cruises Full World Cruise circumnavigates the globe. Caribbean and French Polynesian shores, the wilds of Madagascar, exotic Cape Town, picturesque New Zealand and the vibrant energy of Rio de Janeiro's Carnival are some itinerary highlights. You worked long enough – enjoy your permanent vacation.

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