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
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
If leaving work is not an
option, you might benefit from these workplace stress
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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