If you’re lucky enough to have paid time off from work, don’t forget to use it. According to a recent report from Expedia, Americans receive an average 15 days of paid time off, but use only 11 of them. The annual Vacation Deprivation study was produced by Northstar for Expedia and surveyed more than 9,000 employed adults in Asia Pacific, Europe, North America, and South America.
It’s common knowledge that workers in the United States don’t use all of their annual vacation days; Expedia has 15 years of reports to prove it. What’s more interesting in the survey’s findings are how people feel about their vacation days.
According to the survey, 71 percent of Americans would rather receive an increase in pay instead of more vacation time. There’s logic to that sentiment: If a worker can’t afford to take a vacation, what’s the point of having the days off to do it?
But there are certain things workers claim they would exchange for more PTO:
- 49 percent of Americans would give up all beer, wine, and liquor for a full week.
- 47 percent would avoid social media for a week.
- 40 percent wouldn’t touch coffee for a week.
- 26 percent would abstain from sex for a week.
- 19 percent would stay away from the Internet entirely.
- 11 percent would not shower for a week.
While these results can incite some incredulous giggles, employers should take note: people want their vacation days. While Americans are leaving four whole days unused at the end of the year, that could be a result of feeling guilty for even taking a few days off. Twenty-two percent of the world’s workers claim they feel guilty for taking a vacation and 25 percent check their work email and phone messages while on vacation.
If you do have a holiday vacation scheduled that will take you into the air, make sure you aren’t one of the most aggravating co-passengers: seat kickers. Expedia’s third-annual Airplane Etiquette Study also identified inattentive parents, aromatic passengers, audio insensitive passengers, boozers, and Chatty Cathys as annoying on-plane companions.
“Inside a packed plane at 30,000 feet, both good behavior and bad behavior are amplified. Respecting our fellow passengers is a small but important gift we can all give each other,” John Morrey, vice president and general manager of Expedia’s website, said in a statement.