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Survey Reveals What Americans Plan To Do With Extra Time Off This Summer

Destination & Tourism | Patrick Clarke | June 09, 2015

Survey Reveals What Americans Plan To Do With Extra Time Off This Summer

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For a majority of Americans, time off can be awfully tough to come by, even in the summer. 

According to a recent survey conducted by, only eight percent of 15,723 U.S. adult respondents said that they receive additional time off during the summer.

That includes seasonal benefits like summer Fridays and early closures. 

Unfortunately, a minority, only 38 percent of those 500-plus respondents said their supervisor would want them to disconnect from work while they're away. 

More than a quarter (27 percent) of respondents who receive extra time off in the summer said their employers would want them to stay connected during their time away, while 11 percent said their employers would prefer they work instead. 

Unsurprisingly, the survey found that less vacation time tends to correlate with more stress. More than one-third of respondents (35 percent) who lost at least three vacation days this summer as compared to last year reported experiencing high levels of stress.

"Fortunately, more than half of those who receive extra time off feel that their employers want them to take advantage of the summer to recharge, so it's no surprise that nearly 40 percent of them will use that time off to travel," said vice president of communications Flavie Lemarchand-Wood in a statement.

The survey found that 36 percent of respondents who will receive additional time off this summer plan to travel.

Of those eyeing a three-day weekend trip, 34 percent would travel five to seven hours away from home at the most. However one quarter of those Americans consider a two- to four-hour trip ideal for a three-day weekend. 

Nearly half of respondents (46 percent) who receive extra time off during the summer said they plan their summer vacations at least one month or more in advance, while just one in ten respondents would rather take a last-minute weekend trip.

Ironically, nearly half of respondents (45 percent) who plan to use their extra time off this summer said they will plan their vacation at work. 

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