Forget Three Weeks Off: Employed Canadians Wish for European-Length Annual Vacations

Forget Three Weeks Off: Employed Canadians Wish for European-Length Annual 
Vacations 
Expedia.ca's Annual Vacation Deprivation Study Shows Employed
Canadians Would Be Happy With Twice the Amount of Vacation Days
Currently Awarded 
TORONTO -- (Marketwired) -- 07/03/13 --  Belgian chocolate, French
wine and Italian food aren't the only European pleasures Canadians
seem to envy. According to the 2013 Canadian edition of
Expedia.ca's(TM) annual Vacation Deprivation study, working Canadians
wish they could have as many vacation days (25 - 30 days)(i) as their
counterparts across the Atlantic. 
According to the national survey conducted by the country's leading
online travel provider, Canadians will receive 17 vacation days(ii)
this year -- but respondents said they would actually be happy with
30 vacation days(ii) -- nearly twice as many days as most of us
currently receive. According to a similar global study conducted by
Expedia Inc. in 2012, Europeans averaged 25 - 30 days vacation
days(i) per calendar year.  
"We're getting roughly three weeks' vacation, but we'd ideally like
to get around six weeks off," said Sean Shannon, Vice President and
Managing Director of Expedia Canada. "Perhaps that's why we see a
significant percentage of respondents who feel they're not getting
enough time away from work." 
While most respondents (60 per cent) do not consider themselves to be
suffering from 'vacation deprivation,' 40 per cent are feeling its
effects since they claim they aren't getting enough vacation time or
aren't taking all the vacation owed to them. In fact, more than one
quarter (27 per cent) of Canadians are carrying over unused vacation
time from last year. The top reason cited by respondents for not
using all of their vacation days? Being too busy at work and not
having enough staff resources to cover off responsibilities while
away was cited as the number one reason (13 per cent). 
"We feel forty per cent is a sizeable chunk of the workforce to
report they are feeling the effects of 'vacation deprivation,' so
we're doing what we can to help," said Shannon. "Since even a short
break provides many benefits that come with taking time away, we're
happy to offer unmatched travel options that make vacationing easier
and more affordable -- regardless of whether workers need a few weeks
off or just a couple of days away to recharge." 
Beverly Beuermann-King, a Canadian work-life balance expert, says
ensuring we take time off from the usual routine is important in
ensuring good overall health. 
"Vacation time helps reduce stress and holds a range of benefits for
both our physical and mental well-being," Beuermann-King says. "A
break from the grind can help lower your blood pressure, reduce
anxiety and let you get the proper rest that's so important to our
overall health. Plus, holidays make us happy -- which obviously
benefits our mental well-being as well." 
The survey found that 70 per cent of respondents associate
vacationing either a great or at least fair amount with their overall
happiness. Out of a list of things that make people happy, vacations
ranked higher at 23 per cent than options such as finding money they
thought they had lost (the first choice of 8 per cent), getting a tax
refund (the first choice of 7 per cent), work and being told you look
younger than you really are (the first choices of 4 per cent each). 
Other notable findings of the 2013 Expedia.ca Vacation Deprivation
Survey: 


 
--  Younger employed Canadians (aged 18 - 34) feel 'vacation deprivation'
    the most. Half of those in that age group were more likely to feel
    'very' or 'somewhat' vacation deprived (50 per cent) than those 35 -
    54 (38 per cent) and those over 55 (25 per cent).
    
    
--  Those in Ontario feel 'vacation deprived' the most at 46 per cent,
    followed by those in BC at 43 per cent. Quebecers feel the least
    deprived with only 27 per cent stating they feel 'very' or 'somewhat'
    vacation deprived.
    
    
--  More than half of respondents (56 per cent) say they have never
    cancelled vacation plans because of work; 44 per cent say they have.
    BC residents were most likely to have cancelled (52 per cent) in
    comparison to Alberta (44 per cent), Ontario and Quebec (both at 41
    per cent).
    
    
--  Disconnecting from work is still a challenge for employed Canadians:
    61 per cent say they at least sometimes check their office email or
    voicemail while on vacation; 39 per cent say they never do. Quebecers
    are most likely to check in with 35 per cent saying they "constantly"
    or "regularly" do while Atlantic Canadians are least likely to at only
    18 per cent.
    
    
--  A strong majority (80 per cent) feel that their boss is supportive of
    them taking a holiday, up from 72 per cent in 2012(i).
    
    
--  Are you more likely to get lucky while on vacation? Sadly, no,
    according to the survey. Almost half (48 per cent) said it's less
    likely they'll be intimate with a spouse or partner while on vacation
    compared to at home. Only six per cent felt it would be more likely.

  
Summer remains the number one vacation season for employed Canadians,
with 46 per cent saying if they could only take one vacation this
year, they'd do it in the summer months. Knowing this, Expedia.ca is
offering up to 50 per cent on select hotels worldwide this summer
during the Spontaneous Summer Sale with bookings all backed by the
Expedia.ca Best Price Guarantee. Canadians are also encouraged to
"like" the Expedia.ca Facebook page at www.facebook.com/expediaCA for
all the latest summer deals and for chances to win spontaneous
getaways all summer long. 
Methodology
 An online survey was
conducted from 24 May to 27 May, 2013. The survey was designed by
Expedia and fieldwork was conducted on an online panel of 125,000
Canadians. 1502 adults 18+ who are employed or self-employed were
surveyed. The sample was balanced by age, gender and region to be
representative of employed Canadians. The margin of error is +/-2.5%,
19 times out of 20. 
About Expedia Canada
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full-service online and mobile travel site. To help Canadians plan
and purchase travel, Expedia.ca offers the best combination of
scheduled and charter flights, car and hotel reservations, vacation
packages, destination activities, cruises, and trip insurance.
Expedia customers are supported by customer support agents available
24 hours a day, seven days a week via a toll-free number and email
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(i) Expedia Vacation Deprivation 2012 Survey
 (ii) Mean number of
days 
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