The French Take 30 Days Off, Americans Take 10: Expedia's 2012

The French Take 30 Days Off, Americans Take 10: Expedia's 2012
Vacation Deprivation Study Reveals Stark Differences in National
Attitudes Towards Vacation 
Japanese, Koreans, Americans and Mexicans Take Fewest Vacation Days;
French, Spanish, German and Brazilian Workers Take Most 
BELLEVUE, WA -- (Marketwire) -- 11/15/12 --, the
world's leading online travel agency, today released the results of
the 2012 Vacation Deprivation(R) 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 Australia. 
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
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
"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
 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
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: 

--  Italian 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.
--  An 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 year.
--  Monetary 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.
--  Mean 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.
--  Vacations 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.
--  Many 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.
--  The 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(R) 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 Expedia at 
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