America Is the “No Vacation Nation” Nora Dunn October 12, 2009 Sidelines, United States 2 Comments Here is a frightening (or enlightening, depending on how you look at it) passage from Wanderlust and Lipstick about the American approach to vacations: A 2009 survey from Expedia found that 1/3 of employees don’t take all of their vacation time. While this speaks (to a certain degree) to how individuals make personal choices, there might be something else underlying our reluctance to hit the road. The Center for Economic and Policy Research calls the U.S. the No Vacation Nation. In a 2007 study, they determined that the U.S. is the only advanced economy in the world that doesn’t guarantee paid vacation for employees. That means you can take a job, work your 40 (or more) hours a week, and it’s considered a bonus to be given paid vacation time. But when we are blessed with vacation time, what keeps us from taking the time off we earn and deserve? According to the Expedia survey, people who don’t take their vacation time do so for several reasons. They hope to receive compensation for unused time, they have a hard time planning ahead or their partner can’t travel during the same time period. What’s worse? One in five respondents admitted to canceling a vacation because of work. No wonder we have so much trouble balancing work and life. Continue reading this post at WiseBread.com » 2 Responses Tweets that mention America Is the â€œNo Vacation Nationâ€ -- Topsy.com October 12, 2009 [...] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Debra Denton and hitchcock blonde. hitchcock blonde said: I never take vacation-for fear of the wrath that follows. RT @vagabondish: : America Is the "No Vacation Nation" http://bit.ly/Rt2hj [...] Reply Travel News and Stories for 10/13/2009 : Kathika Travel Website October 13, 2009 [...] America Is the “No Vacation Nation” A 2009 survey from Expedia found that 1/3 of employees don’t take all of their vacation time. While this speaks (to a certain degree) to how individuals make personal choices, there might be something else underlying our reluctance to hit the road. http://www.vagabondish.com [...] Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Let\'s Make Sure You\'re Human ... *Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA. 5 + 1 = Comment Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. You can also subscribe without commenting.