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Fri Aug 14, 2015, 03:37 PM

 

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

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.

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-12-months-without-a-vacation-20150813-story.html

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Reply More than half of Americans have gone 12 months without a vacation (Original post)
Liberal_in_LA Aug 2015 OP
yeoman6987 Aug 2015 #1
Mosby Aug 2015 #2
Bunkalup Aug 2015 #3
Baitball Blogger Aug 2015 #4
PowerToThePeople Aug 2015 #5
Shandris Aug 2015 #6
Rex Aug 2015 #7
aint_no_life_nowhere Aug 2015 #8
trackfan Aug 2015 #9
pnwmom Aug 2015 #10
Iggo Aug 2015 #11
JI7 Aug 2015 #12
PowerToThePeople Aug 2015 #13
FLPanhandle Aug 2015 #14
Brickbat Aug 2015 #15
magical thyme Aug 2015 #16
hobbit709 Aug 2015 #17
Android3.14 Aug 2015 #18
FLPanhandle Aug 2015 #19
Autumn Colors Aug 2015 #20
Skittles Aug 2015 #21
cherokeeprogressive Aug 2015 #25
Liberal_in_LA Aug 2015 #33
Skittles Aug 2015 #37
Igel Aug 2015 #22
WillowTree Aug 2015 #23
yawnmaster Aug 2015 #24
Orrex Aug 2015 #26
madinmaryland Aug 2015 #28
madinmaryland Aug 2015 #27
Xolodno Aug 2015 #29
Autumn Colors Aug 2015 #30
Xolodno Aug 2015 #32
Sen. Walter Sobchak Aug 2015 #38
a kennedy Aug 2015 #31
MrMickeysMom Aug 2015 #34
riderinthestorm Aug 2015 #35
restorefreedom Aug 2015 #36

Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Aug 14, 2015, 03:46 PM

1. That is their definition of a vacation?

 

No wonder it is so low. Many on east coast go to the beach which could be less then 100 miles and what is wrong with staycation? I like that type just as much sometimes.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Aug 14, 2015, 03:57 PM

3. I just took my first vacation in..

5 years.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Aug 14, 2015, 03:58 PM

4. Vacation time is a quality of life issue.

Everything else in your life can be shit, but that one week you can spend with family and/or friends puts everything in its proper perspective.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Aug 14, 2015, 04:00 PM

5. Uh, I have gone my whole life without one.

 

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Aug 14, 2015, 04:00 PM

6. Ahh, so I've never been on a vacation!

 

Maybe that explains a lot.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Aug 14, 2015, 04:05 PM

7. I've gone 10 years without one.

 

What is this vacation you speak of?

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Aug 14, 2015, 04:06 PM

8. One percent of Americans have frequent, wonderful vacations

away from their hectic lives of sitting around the pool sipping mixed drinks, awaiting word from their investment brokers.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Aug 14, 2015, 04:25 PM

9. By that definition, I haven't been on a vacation since 1986. n/t

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Aug 14, 2015, 04:28 PM

10. Then my middle-class family never took a single vacation.

My dad just wanted to stay home for vacations. The first time I traveled anywhere it was with my sister, and we flew to visit our grandparents.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Aug 14, 2015, 04:29 PM

11. So I've never been on a vacation. Good to know.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Aug 14, 2015, 04:30 PM

12. stupid definition for vacation. travel might be better term

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Aug 14, 2015, 04:34 PM

13. I have to comment again.

 

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


By this definition many many of us will have a vacation if we continue to elect pro-oligarch politicians.

We will be

Unemployed and homeless

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Aug 14, 2015, 04:37 PM

14. I disagree with their definition of vacation

Some of my best times were taking 2-3 days off around the weekend and staying near home.

It's more relaxing to stay at home and boat, visit the beach, fish, etc. without all the hassle of traveling.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Aug 14, 2015, 04:39 PM

15. It's a stupid definition, but it's true Americans don't take the time off that they should -- or

even that they're entitled to, in the cases of people who get paid time off as a benefit.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Aug 14, 2015, 04:48 PM

16. according to their definition, I haven't gone on vacation since 2003.

 

oh well.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Aug 14, 2015, 04:51 PM

17. more like 12 years.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Aug 14, 2015, 04:55 PM

18. eight years

 

A week off? A 100 miles? I think that happened in 2006. I get hard-on for a fricken' weekend off grilling burgers in the back yard.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Aug 14, 2015, 05:08 PM

19. By this definition, I'm one of them

But it's a bullshit defintion.

I flew out to Utah to go hiking by taking 3 days off next to a weekend.

I took a week off and stayed home to relax on the beach and go boating here in Florida.

I plan on taking another week off here in a month to go sailing but it's within a 100 miles of my home.

Lots of fun trips and vacations but none count by their silly definition of "vacation"

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Aug 14, 2015, 09:14 PM

20. By that definition, I haven't had one in 15 years

 

My last "vacation" was in 2000 (belated honeymoon trip one year after getting married -- which was an "elopement" to the local courthouse - no reception, etc). The last "vacation" before that was in 1985. Going by my track record, I won't be due for another one until 2030, but I'll be 69 years old by then and probably living hand to mouth on Social Security alone. Don't even have enough after paying for the essentials of living at this point to put anything into a savings account, so I doubt if I'll ever be going on a vacation again in this lifetime.

Edit: I did a lot of traveling while in college - backpacking with a 3 month railpass in Europe, driving crosscountry and to Canada several times - and was an AFS exchange student to Tehran, Iran (... yes, really!) in high school, so I'm glad I have those travel memories from an era when college, day-to-day living, and travel were actually affordable.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Aug 14, 2015, 09:21 PM

21. next week I will fly to Milwaukee

and take care of a severely autistic brother while his caretakers go on vacation....that will be the first "vacation" I have had in some time

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Response to Skittles (Reply #21)

Fri Aug 14, 2015, 11:00 PM

25. You are an awesome Lady, and a wonderful Sister.

 

Indeed.

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Response to cherokeeprogressive (Reply #25)

Sun Aug 16, 2015, 09:30 PM

33. agreed

 

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Reply #33)

Mon Aug 17, 2015, 12:22 AM

37. when I take a day off work, two people have to do my job

how about that?

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Aug 14, 2015, 09:45 PM

22. Then I haven't had a vacation since 2010.

In spite of the fact that I'm a high school teacher and get 10-11 weeks off every summer which I choose to spend at home.

But in 2010 I had two. Hey, livin' large.

One of those 2010 vacations was when I went out of state to deal with my father's suicide and estate, and get the ball rolling on my mother's guardianship hearing. At least the blood was cleaned off the garage floor before I showed up. Fun times, those. If that's a vacation, please ... No mas.

The second was when I went back for all the guardianship/conservator crap--finishing up stuff with the court, reviewing filings, preparing my case, presenting it, and then filing papers with everybody. It was entertaining hearing my mother rant how I kept crawling out of the AC ductwork at night, waking her up at night and showed her my penises. Who knew? Again, such a vacation. LSD wouldn't have provided a stranger trip.

May I humbly suggest that their definition of "vacation" is whackadoo. Yes, that's the technical term for it.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Aug 14, 2015, 10:37 PM

23. By that definition, I've taken two vacations in the last 10 years. Both last year.

But that's by choice. I'm not a traveler. Prefer staycations, which I do at least three times/year, at least once for an entire week.

When I'm leaving work for time off and people ask me where I'm going, I say "To bed!" Sleepin' in and goofin' off is my vacation of choice. I'll be off Labor Day week coming up. Will have lunch with my friend Cheryl who left our office for a different job a couple of years ago and on another, my best Hey-Let's-Do-It-Whatever-It-Is friend and I have tickets to see Cirque du Soleil. I will allow myself one day when I go nowhere and do nothing but bum around the house, do crosswords, play with the critters and get a pizza delivered for dinner.

Spending my time off thus is relaxing and enjoyable for me and I don't feel the least bit deprived. I may head out to Texas again to visit family and friends again next year.........or not. We'll see. At least I'm lucky enough that I can make that choice.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Aug 14, 2015, 10:45 PM

24. many probably went somewhere that was so boring that they forgot. eom

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Aug 14, 2015, 11:07 PM

26. Without a what?

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Response to Orrex (Reply #26)

Fri Aug 14, 2015, 11:27 PM

28. Well, I suppose a week without the band called "Rush" would be called a vacation!



Oops. Dr. Strange will be pissed off.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Aug 14, 2015, 11:25 PM

27. I guess by that definition, I have not had a vacation in 19 years since we got married.

Does going to your in-laws home with your family count? I don't count that as a "vacation".

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Aug 14, 2015, 11:53 PM

29. Definition aside...

...too many think its a "badge of honor" not taking a vacation.

I make a point every year to get the hell out of dodge at least once. Everyone in my vanpool says "you always take nice vacations!"...well, yeah. I work to live...not live to work. Of course, they all have nicer cars, more "toys" etc. The wife and I just don't see any value of having "more stuff" and focus more on life experiences.

Life is short and I know I won't be saying at the end of my life "I wish I spent more time on that report".

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Response to Xolodno (Reply #29)

Sat Aug 15, 2015, 09:12 AM

30. Badge of honor?

 

I would LOVE to take a trip somewhere. Costs money. Can't do it if all you earn goes towards rent, utilities, food, car insurance, gas, phone/internet. Can't remember the last time I could afford to buy new clothes. (At least I've got Medicaid now, so that's one less worry.)

I hope you aren't painting everyone in this thread with that brush. Some of us just CAN'T take a trip anywhere that uses up needed gas and/or requires staying at a motel (or even paying for a camping space).

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Response to Autumn Colors (Reply #30)

Sun Aug 16, 2015, 06:49 PM

32. Broad Brush?

No.

But it baffles my mind, why people who have vacation time and make plenty.....don't use it....and think, its a good thing. Then there are those who have vacation time, but "cash it in" to pay for their big 3D TV, new surround sound system, etc. and then wonder why they don't have time with family and friends.

And no offense to you, I've heard the same statement from others that they can't afford a vacation...but drive a much nicer and newer car than I do....or live in a much nicer area.

Even if you have to stay home, using your vacation time is important for your overall mental health (I also couldn't afford to go somewhere at one time...but after I came back with a week off, everyone stated I seemed happier...all I did was sleep in and visit a few museums and a zoo...roughly the cost of gas of going to and from work)

If you don't get paid time off...sorry to hear. But even then, I know people who moved to areas they wanted to visit and used their days off to do so. And I might just be doing the same, applied for a job in another state that is close to a lot of places I want to see (can't afford the airfare).

Again, you might be working 7 days a week and on subsistence, and I don't fault you for that. But you have to ask yourself, is it worth it? And should be thinking about how to change circumstances. I know it seems I'm discounting your position and I don't know what you are up against, but this is just me, I would walk away from so called "obligations" and travel on foot if need be.
But again, that's me. Now if you have family, that makes it even harder....but again, I've known people who have said "to hell with it" and moved somewhere where their family has a "better life"....but not economically.

Its a life choice...and I'm a person who refuses the norm. And I know that's not for everyone.

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Response to Xolodno (Reply #29)

Mon Aug 17, 2015, 02:00 AM

38. Where I work those people are just regarded as losers

 

Working here there are some pretty amazing travel opportunities, I was trying to encourage a girl who was going to Toulouse to take an extra day, fly to Saint-Tropez (Toulon) take the ferry to Saint-Raphael and then take the train to Toulouse instead. She looked at me like I was insane and said she had two seasons of Mad Men to get through. Shrug.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Sat Aug 15, 2015, 09:19 AM

31. This how far this country has sunk.......EVERYONE NEEDS TIME AWAY FROM THEIR JOB, PERIOD.

This is just nuts, this is one of the things I worked my arse off to get a clerical union started in Wisconsin in 1973. I for this country. Everyone needs time away from their job....it's just that simple.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Sun Aug 16, 2015, 09:37 PM

34. How about 8 years?

Because I am under-employed and do not work enough hours to be eligible for paid vacation, just health care benefits, I have to use paid time off when I don't come to work due to a holiday. Naturally, I have to bank these, and have been doing so for 8 years.

I don't know when I'll get a nice vacation, but it won't be soon enough.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Sun Aug 16, 2015, 10:05 PM

35. The last time I went on vacation was my honeymoon - in 1986. One week only.

 



Sure there's been extended weekends but never far away or they revolved around working trips - haul a horse to NY and take 3 days to explore NYC. Husband in a major event in FL, go two days ahead and take the kids to Disney. Go try a horse in CA and take a day to soak up the sun at Huntington Beach.

But take a designated week? An entire week to just be....away?!



The "joys" of owning a working horse farm...

I'm devising a five year plan - get out and finally travel for weeks at a time. I'm already chafing. Almost 30 years and it's getting seriously hard to stay in harness...



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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Sun Aug 16, 2015, 10:58 PM

36. so its been 20 years for me

but i have had some nice trips, long weekends, and time away from work.

dumb definitiom

sometimes a staycation is the best.

who decided that 100 miles makes a trip?

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