More Americans are going without a vacation, despite an improved jobs market and the widespread availability of time off.
More than 135 million Americans, or 56 percent, said they haven’t taken a vacation in the last 12 months, compared to 126 million Americans, or 52 percent, who said the same in 2014, according to a telephone survey of 1,000 Americans by the insurance company Allianz Global Assistance.
Another 15 percent of respondents said they haven’t been on vacation in seven to 12 months and 10 percent said it has been four to six months. Sixteen percent said they have been on vacation within the last three months, the survey found.
A vacation was defined as part of the survey as a week off from work to a place at least 100 miles away from home.
The Allianz survey is similar to other studies that show Americans are going without vacation even if their employers offer time off.
The Allianz survey did not ask why people are not taking a vacation. Other surveys have found that workers refuse vacation out of fear of accumulating a backlog of work if they go on vacation.
A survey last year by the U.S. Travel Assn. found that 40 percent of Americans surveyed (the largest share) said they put off vacation because they don’t want to return to a mountain of work.