America’s No Vacation Culture
Why is is so hard to take a Career Break? Because the idea of breaks are foreign to us.
The average American gets 9 days of vacation per year. Ouch.
However this lack of time off is only part of the problem. When we actually get vacation, we don’t even take it.
Only 10% Americans will take their full 2 weeks of vacation off.
This is a two part problem – one that lies with our legislation and one that lies with our own deeply rooted work culture. At Briefcase to Backpack we energetically preach about the value of career break travel and sabbaticals; but we know the road to getting people to really embrace this idea is long and arduous. This was emphasized to me recently when I saw this CBS news special on the No Vacation Nation study conducted in 2007.
(the video is about 8 minutes…well worth your time!)
Read the full No Vacation Nation Report
Read about the proposed legislation from Take Back Your Time
I would love to get some of our reader opinions on the points covered in the video – so leave a comment below!
Do you take all of your vacation time? Is it enough time each year or do you want more? How much vacation should American’s get? Do you ever feel pressure to NOT take all of your vacation? Is vacation a right or a perk?