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The United States of No Vacation, Vacation Deprivation, Overwhelmed Americans, Work Martyrs — it's a problem by whatever name you use to describe it.

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We are hard at work in this second season of the Skift Podcast, but for our seventh episode we stop to question if we really should be working so hard. In this week’s episode of the Skift Podcast, we’re asking why the United States is not a vacation nation — and why it matters.

Headlines and surveys tell us that Americans are facing a leisure crisis by leaving millions of vacation days on the table. MasterCard built an entire campaign around the issue, urging Americans to take one more day of vacation.

For our discussion, we hear from Gary Oster, managing director of Project: Time Off, a coalition started as an initiative by the U.S. Travel Association to promote the benefits of taking vacation. We also welcome Dr. Ken Matos, senior director of research at the Families and Work Institute. The guests join Skift Podcast host Hannah Sampson, and CEO and founder Rafat Ali.


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