While reading my WAG newsletter (from David Blatstone, an editor at Sojourner and Business writer), I came across this statistic.
Data Point: Use Your Vacation Days!
39: Average number of vacation days received by each employed adult in France
12: Average number of vacation days received by each employed adult in USA
45: % of French adults who take at least one three- to four-week vacation a year
31: % of USA adults who said that in 2005 they did not use all their vacation days
421 million: Estimated total of vacation days unused by USA workers in 2005
*Source: Expedia.com 5th annual “Vacation Deprivation” survey
While we are much more efficient than the French, taking no Sabbaths, no extended Sabbaths or no time for family takes a terrible toll on the psyche of American workers.
We are coming to the end of the fiscal year at the non-profit I work at. Presently I have 2 weeks and 3 days unused. I need a break. Although I am heading to Live Oak for my reunion this weekend, I will take no days off. So, I will be heading to Minneapolis in mid-June for an Emergent Meeting, which should be a time for relaxation.
Hopefully in late June, Kristi and I will travel to Virginia, drop the kids at her parent's home and head to NYC for 4-5 days (with a day in Amish Country or Cape May thrown in). I say this to make sure it happens and I do not take the maximum 2 weeks into the new fiscal year in July. Hold me accountable to not be a typical American.