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Vacation Deprivation Is On The Rise, According To Study

Kim Wonderley
October 27, 2018 - 6:00 am

So when was your last real vacation? The study is in and the results show that Americans are lousy at using their limited time off.

Despite knowing that taking time off to travel reaps many benefits, Americans seem particularly bad at using the vacation time allotted them.

Not only did Americans receive the second fewest number of vacation days per year after Taiwan, but they tended to let four of their 14 vacation days go unused, according to travel website Expedia's annual Vacation Deprivation Study

The study which covered 19 countries showed that workers in France, Spain, Brazil and United Kingdom received between 26 and 30 paid days a year. And they used them. 

So, what is our problem with taking the time off that we've earned? The Expedia study revealed that more than half of American responders said they can't afford to travel. 

That might not be true, however. The US Travel Association has studied this phenomena and their Project Time Off survey categorized a large number of people as "work martyrs."

More than 60 percent of those who didn't use their vacation time said they feared they would appear less dedicated, while more than half also reported that their workload was too heavy to allow for vacation.

The Project Time Off research also found that travelers tended to get more promotions and raises than the non-travelers. Why? It might have something to do with the happiness quotient.

The travelers reported heightened satisfaction in their personal relationships as well as happiness on the job and feeling refreshed after the break. Homebodies didn't get that bump.