August 13, 2015

More than half of Americans have gone 12 months without a vacation

If you haven't taken a vacation in a year, you aren't alone.

More than 135 million Americans, or 56%, say they haven't taken a vacation in the last 12 months, compared to 126 million Americans, or 52%, who reported going without a vacation for a year in 2014, according to a telephone survey of 1,000 Americans.

Another 15% of those surveyed said they haven't been on vacation in seven to 12 months and 10% said it has been four to six months, with 16% saying they have been on vacation within the last three months, according to the survey. 

A vacation was defined in the survey as a week off of work to a place at least 100 miles away from home. 

The survey by the insurance company Allianz Global Assistance, echoes previous studies and polls that show Americans are denying themselves vacation even when their employers offer it.

The Allianz survey did not ask why people are putting off vacation time, but other surveys have found that Americans fear being replaced or fear they will accumulate a backlog of work if they go on vacation. 

A survey last year by the U.S. Travel Assn. found that 40% of Americans who were questioned said they put off vacation because they don't want to return to a mountain of work.

Another 35% said they feel no one else can do their work while they are on vacation and 22% said they worry that they will be seen as replaceable if they take time off, according to the online survey of 1,303 Americans.

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