43% of Amer­i­cans say no to va­ca­tion

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NWA OUTDOORS - BETH J. HARPAZ AND EMILY SWAN­SON

For­get fre­quent-flier miles, last-minute get­aways and even road trips. Nearly half of Amer­i­cans say they won’t be tak­ing a va­ca­tion this sum­mer, mostly be­cause they can’t af­ford it, ac­cord­ing to a new poll by The As­so­ci­ated Press-NORC Cen­ter for Pub­lic Af­fairs Re­search.

The new AP-NORC sur­vey, con­ducted in May, said 43 per­cent of Amer­i­cans won’t be tak­ing a sum­mer va­ca­tion. The top rea­son for skip­ping a trip was the cost, cited by 49 per­cent of non­va­ca­tion­ers. An­other 11 per­cent said they can’t take the time off from work, while 3 per­cent said they don’t like to be away from work.

About half of Amer­i­cans liv­ing in house­holds mak­ing less than $50,000 a year don’t plan to take any sum­mer va­ca­tion this year, and they’re es­pe­cially likely to cite costs as a rea­son.

And if your em­ployer gives you paid va­ca­tion days, consider your­self lucky: Forty-one per­cent of those sur­veyed who work full or part time said they do not get any paid time off from their em­ploy­ers to use for va­ca­tion. Younger and lower-in­come work­ers are es­pe­cially likely to not get any paid time off.

Other find­ings from the poll:

■ Most Amer­i­cans use at least some of their paid time off if they have the op­tion, but many still leave paid va­ca­tion days on the ta­ble. Four­teen per­cent of work­ers who get paid va­ca­tion time from their jobs did not use any of the days they had com­ing to them. Just half of those with paid va­ca­tion time used up all or most of the days they were en­ti­tled to in the past year. ■ Not ev­ery­body wants to go away in the sum­mer. Fif­teen per­cent of those who are pass­ing on a sum­mer get­away say it’s be­cause they al­ready took a va­ca­tion this year or be­cause they’ll travel some other time of year.

■ Amer­i­cans seem to value time over lux­ury when it comes to their va­ca­tions. Nearly two-thirds say they’d pre­fer to take a longer but less lux­u­ri­ous va­ca­tion over one that’s shorter but more lux­u­ri­ous.

More than 4 in 10 Amer­i­cans say they don’t consider vis­it­ing fam­ily to be a true va­ca­tion, al­though about three-quar­ters do consider a long week­end away a va­ca­tion.

The AP-NORC poll of 1,022 adults was con­ducted May 1014 us­ing a sam­ple drawn from NORC’s prob­a­bil­ity-based Amer­iS­peak panel, which is de­signed to be rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the U.S. pop­u­la­tion. The mar­gin of sam­pling er­ror for all re­spon­dents is plus or mi­nus 4.3 per­cent­age points. Re­spon­dents were first se­lected ran­domly us­ing ad­dress-based sam­pling meth­ods and later in­ter­viewed online or by phone.

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