Need a vacation? Many Americans don't take them

Thu Sep 9, 2010 1:37pm EDT
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By Patricia Reaney

NEW YORK, Sept 9 (Reuters Life!) - Feeling stressed and in need of a vacation? You are not alone but more than half of Americans do not take all their vacation days, even though they think they need a holiday more this year than last.

And nearly a third of workers who do take a break check in with work every other day and some keep in touch hourly, according to a new survey.

"We're workaholics," said Samuel Nahmias, executive vice president and chief operations officer of research firm StudyLogic, which conducted the poll of 1500 American adults.

"From an overall perspective this has a lot to do with the economic situation in the U.S. More and more people are unemployed," he added.

With jobless numbers hovering at 9.6 percent people who have jobs seem to be reluctant to take time off.

"It is not a great picture and that affects vacations. People are not going on vacation as much and those that are going on vacation are being more selective about where they are going," Nahmias explained.

Unlike European countries where four or more weeks of holiday each year is the norm, 27 percent of people questioned in the poll said they had six to 10 days of annual leave and 20 percent had less than three days.

But two-fifths of people questioned in the survey commissioned by Westin Hotels & Resorts thought three to four days were needed to unwind during a break.   Continued...

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