The French Take 30 Days Off, Americans Take 10: Expedia's 2012 Vacation Deprivation Study Reveals Stark Differences in National

   The French Take 30 Days Off, Americans Take 10: Expedia's 2012 Vacation
  Deprivation Study Reveals Stark Differences in National Attitudes Towards

Japanese, Koreans, Americans and Mexicans take fewest vacation days; French,
Spanish, German and Brazilian workers take most

PR Newswire

BELLEVUE, Wash., Nov. 15, 2012

BELLEVUE, Wash., Nov. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/®, the world's
leading online travel agency, today released the results of the 2012 Vacation
Deprivation® study, an annual analysis of vacation habits across multiple
countries and continents. The 2012 study was conducted online by Harris
Interactive among 8,687 employed adults in September and October 2012 on
behalf of in North America, Europe, Asia, South America and


Expedia first commissioned the Vacation Deprivation study in 2000, to examine
the vacation habits of Americans. In 2005, Expedia began comparing such habits
across countries. The 2012 edition is the most comprehensive study in its
12-year history, featuring 22 countries in total. Full details on the 2012
Vacation Deprivation study can be found here:

Asian workers continue to take the fewest vacation days. Japanese workers
trail the field; the average Japanese worker is granted a median of 13 days
off each year, but takes only five. South Koreans take seven out of a possible
ten vacation days. North American workers behave similarly. American and
Mexican workers take ten days each (out of 12 and 14 possible days,
respectively). For Americans, this represents a net loss of two vacation days
from the year prior. In 2011, Americans reported receiving 14 days of vacation
and taking 12.

Europeans treat vacation as a duty rather than a perk. Most European workers
have between 25 and 30 days of vacation time available to them each year, in
addition to state and religious holidays. Workers in France and Spain report
taking the full 30 vacation days off, as do their peers in Brazil. Germans
take 28 of a possible 30 days off, while British, Norwegian and Swedish
workers take all 25 days they're given.

"We conduct this study each year and I am consistently surprised to see how
differently each nation treats vacation time," said John Morrey, general
manager,"Studies consistently show that an ideal work-life
balance leads to happier and more productive employees. Your vacation days are
not a gift, not a luxury. They're yours to use. So this year, instead of
letting those days quietly expire, take that time and connect with the world
outside of your office."

Asian workers take the fewest days off and work the longest weeks. Korean,
Singaporean and Taiwanese workers report a median of 44 hour work weeks.
Americans work 40 hours, the most common figure. The Dutch work 35 hours a
week, the fewest among the 22 nations surveyed.

The survey also found that:

  oItalian and Japanese workers leave the most days – 8 – on the table.
    Brazilian, British, Canadian, Danish, French, Norwegian, Singaporean,
    Spanish and Swedish workers take every single day they're given.
  oAn inability to coordinate vacations flummoxes many workers. "Coordination
    with family & friends" was the most-cited reason for failing to take
    vacation days, as was the option to roll unused days over to the following
  oMonetary worries rank highly.  Workers in five countries – the US, UK,
    Canada, Japan and Ireland – say that the main reason they don't use all of
    their vacation days is because they believe they cannot afford to take
    their entire vacation balance.
  oMean bosses are everywhere. More than 50% of workers in Italy, Taiwan,
    Korea and Japan believe their bosses are not supportive of vacation or
    they're not sure if their bosses are supportive. The most supportive
    bosses are Norwegian, Swedish and Brazilian, in order.
  oVacations are frequently postponed due to work issues. More than 7 in 10
    Taiwanese employees have cancelled or postponed vacation due to work
    reasons. Fewer than one in four workers in the Netherlands (23%) and the
    UK (22%) have done the same.
  oMany workers lug their job with them to the beach. Brazilians report
    connecting with work most frequently while on vacation, with 66% of
    workers claiming they "regularly" check in. Indians, at 55%, were the next
    likeliest to remain tethered to the office. However, a full 62% of German
    workers claim to "never" check in while on holiday, as do their peers in
    the UK (58%) and Denmark (52%). Americans were split evenly: 34% regularly
    check in, 34% sometimes do and 32% never do.
  oThe beach is the world's most popular vacation destination. Between beach
    vacations, romantic getaways, city excursions and outdoor trips, the beach
    wins handily – 18 of 22 countries cite the beach as their preferred
    holiday. Koreans are the world's most romantic vacationers, with a full
    45% of workers citing the romantic getaway as their favorite. Taiwanese
    vacationers prefer the outdoors.

About the Survey
Harris Interactive^® fielded the online survey on behalf of from
September 13 – October 12, 2012 in the following countries among nationwide
cross-sections of the employed adult populations aged 16+. Also listed with
the countries are the total sample sizes for each country:

North America: United States (n=500), Canada (n=1057), Mexico (n=400)

South America: Argentina (n=301), Brazil (n=303)

Europe: United Kingdom (n=400), Denmark (n=300), France (n=401), Germany
(n=416), Ireland (n=303), Italy (n=412), Netherlands (n=303), Norway (n=300),
Spain (n=411), Sweden (n=300)

Asia: Japan (n=329), India (n=602), Malaysia (n=306), South Korea (n=300),
Singapore (n=301), Taiwan (n=326)

Australia: Australia (n=416)

For the full survey methodology, please contact Dave McNamee on behalf of
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