New Survey Shows Half of Americans Haven't Gone On Vacation in More Than a Year

Don't let "vacation shaming" happen to you.

It's been scientifically proven that taking your vacation days provides a major boost to your job satisfaction, personal relationships, and overall happiness levels. But, despite the data practically begging us to take a trip, the 11th annual Vacation Confidence Index survey released by the travel insurance company Allianz Global Assistance has found that, when it comes to taking time off to travel, Americans are drastically falling short.

The company polled more than 1,000 U.S. adults and found that around half (51 percent) hadn't taken a vacation in more than a year, and over a third (36 percent) had their last big getaway at least two years ago. (In case you fall in that statistic and need a reminder, a vacation is "a leisure trip of at least a week to a destination that is 100 miles or more from home," according to Allianz.)

In addition, the survey showed that only 42 percent of Americans felt certain they would take a summer vacation this year, the lowest rating since 2013.

As usual, finances were one of the biggest roadblocks preventing folks from taking a trip, with almost half (44 percent) of respondents saying they simply didn't have the money to travel. Another 20 percent said they were unable or uninterested in taking time off due to personal obligations, and 10 percent said they found planning a vacation too stressful and time-consuming.

But there was one more interesting bit of information that the survey revealed. For the first time ever, the Vacation Confidence Index analyzed whether there was a link between how many vacation days an employee takes relative to their boss. They found that more than half (52 percent) said they take roughly the same amount of time off as their supervisors. Since the survey found that employers take half (51 percent) of their allotted vacation days, it seems like our bosses's vacation habits do have a significant impact on our own.

The survey also found that those between the ages of 18 and 34 were the most likely to say they could not take time off from work. According to a previous survey by Allianz, these younger workforce members are more likely to feel "vacation shamed" than older demographics, and are more nervous about requesting time off even though the data also showed they're more likely to believe vacations are important.

And they truly are. After all, previous research has shown that going on vacation can help improve productivity, lower your stress levels, and reduce your risk of depression and cardiovascular disease. So go ahead and take that holiday you've had on your wishlist all year. And if you really can't get away this summer, then you should at least have some quiet moments since Science Says Meditating for 15 Minutes Is as Beneficial as a Vacation Day.

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Diana Bruk
Diana is a senior editor who writes about sex and relationships, modern dating trends, and health and wellness. Read more
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