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Americans Are Bringing Work on Their Summer Vacations

@SamShankman

Jun 03, 2014 6:00 am

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Americans might be traveling again, but if they’re taking their devices and headaches with them, does it even count?

— Samantha Shankman

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Summer travel is on the rebound after the economic recession in the U.S., but at least half of us who manage to schedule a few days to a week vacation will also bring along work.

A recent survey of more than 2,000 Americans from Travel Leaders Group found that 48.9 percent admitted to checking in on work emails and voicemails while away.

The other half of respondents replied that they consciously unplug while on vacation.

Although leisure travel is back on the rise — more than 95 percent of respondents said they have or will take a vacation in 2014 — many employees are still leaving vacation time on the table.

When asked whether the respondent usually uses all of their vacation days over a calendar year, only 61 percent responded, “yes.”

Response % of Respondents
Yes, absolutely. 61.47
No, I leave 1-2 days. 7.93
No, I leave 3-4 days. 9.41
No, I leave 5 days to a week. 9.24
Now, I leave more than a week. 10.42
No, I never take vacations. 1.53

 

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