Are You Vacation Phobic?

Published Thursday, April 01, 2010 9:05 AM

How did you spend your summer vacation?

Millions of schoolchildren answer this question when they return to school in the Fall. But, as this NPR story relates, a lot of adult Americans would greet the same inquiry with a blank stare and deafening silence.

In the last decade or so, the American vacation has become an endangered species. According to BusinessWeek, over 50% of American workers fail to take all their annual vacation time. A sizeable 30% of us use fewer than half of our available days and 20% take only a few days off each year. Vacations are particularly scarce among the nation's small business owners, as noted in this denverpost.com article.

There seem to be multiple causes of the American vacation's demise. On average, we get eight paid vacation days per year. By sharp contrast, in many European countries, the government mandates that all employers offer at least 20 days of paid time off.

Beyond this relative deficit in days off, the recent recession has also dealt a blow to our ability - and willingness - to take vacations. As CNN.com reports, in addition to having less money to spend on vacations, we are afraid to take them because we do not want to risk losing our jobs. If you are like me, even when I do get away, I have a hard time leaving work behind. A daily traveler post brings this point home by quoting a research finding that "an estimated 83 percent of us check [our email] at least twice a day while on vacation."

If you are vacation phobic, there are steps you can take to get rest and relaxation and avoid burn out and stress-induced physical ills. Those grounded by travel expenses can take a staycation in your own communities to enjoy local activities and sites that you usually have no time to appreciate.

If leaving work is not an option, you might benefit from these workplace stress relievers. Sometimes, we can get away from it all just by gaining a bit of positive perspective from articles like this one on the Top 12 inspiring moments we saw at the Vancouver Olympics or this one featuring the fun and ultra-creative gummi bear chandelier.

by Bradley Eggers

 

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