We may earn them, but we’re not using them.
According to Expedia.ca’s 2016 Vacation Deprivation survey, Canadians, on average, earn about 17.3 vacation days a year, but close out the fiscal year without taking 3 of those days.
Collectively, there are about 31 million earned vacation days which are not used, which is triple last year’s number.
More than a quarter of Canadians will go a year or more without taking a break from their jobs, and another 36% go six months to a year without getting away.
As a result, 55% consider themselves “vacation deprived.”
However, the survey also finds most Canadians would like to tack on another 11.5 days of vacation per year.
Some other survey results:
•68% consider vacation travel a necessity, not a luxury
•10% said they had not yet taken any vacation days this year (survey was done late August)
•One in five (21%) said they can’t afford to take all the vacation days they are entitled to
•17% say it’s because their work schedule doesn’t permit it
•When asked what they would do with just one holiday a year, Canadians say they prefer beach vacations with lots of relaxation time.
“Vacation time can be considered a major stress reliever with a range of benefits for both our physical and mental well-being including lower blood pressure and reduced anxiety. So it’s no surprise Canadians consider beach destinations a top choice to spend their vacation time because an all-inclusive beach destination can help you more fully relax your mind and body – from the relaxing environment the ocean provides, to the range of services many resorts offer to ensure you’re making the most of your holiday.” – Beverly Beuermann-King, work-life balance expert.