It’s summer and if you’re looking at your vacation days account at work and are seeing a surplus, you’re not alone. As it turns out, Americans are terrible at actually taking a vacation. Here at Last Minute Travel, the premier online travel booking site, we are encouraging Americans to break the habit of not using all of their hard-earned vacations days and have some fun.
A new survey by Last Minute Travel finds that close to half (45%) of working Americans did not maximize their vacation days in 2009. In fact, 39% admitted to losing 10 or more of those days. As we reach the halfway point of 2010, the survey finds that more than three-quarters (78%) of Americans plan to repeat this trend by leaving their paid vacation days on the table.
According to the survey, reasons for lost vacation days is that many find it difficult to take time away from work, coordinate family schedules or they cannot afford a “real vacation.” Nonetheless, working Americans yearn for time off and fantasize about the type of vacation they would take, time and money permitting: close to four in ten (35%) would choose a beach destination where they can relax and unwind, 19% would opt for an all-inclusive cruise, 16% would go to a family (theme park) destination, and 15 percent would take a road trip across the country.
Life shouldn’t be all work and no play. When it comes to vacation days, you’ve got to use them or lose them. Beside, traveling is ACTUALLY good for your health. So, you’re really doing yourself a service by utilizing those mandated days off!