77% Of U.S. Respondents Have Worked While On Vacation In The Past Year,
According To TripAdvisor Survey
Three Quarters Don't Think U.S. Vacation Time is Fair Compared to the Rest of
NEWTON, Mass., Aug. 19, 2014
NEWTON, Mass., Aug. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --TripAdvisor^®, the world's
largest travel site*, today revealed the results of its working-on-vacation
survey of more than 16,100 employed^1 respondents across 10 countries,
including more than 2,100 in the U.S. Seventy-seven percent of U.S.
respondents report having worked on vacation during the past year, compared to
an average of 40 percent in the nine other countries included in the
poll—Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, Spain and the
Why People Work on Vacation
oFifty-one percent of U.S. respondents say they do not mind doing a little
work on vacation, while 44 percent would prefer to be totally
disconnected, and five percent enjoy being connected to work while on
oAcross all countries surveyed, the top reason respondents cited for
working on vacation is that there may be urgent situations that need
attention – 65 percent of U.S. respondents report feeling this way.
oU.S. respondents are the most likely to report feeling guilty if they
don't work on vacation (18%), and also the most likely to say that their
managers expect it (18%).
Top Work Activities Respondents Typically Do While on Vacation
U.S. Respondents Global Average
Check emails 91% 65%
Respond to emails 85% 56%
Check voicemail 45% 21%
Create / edit documents 42% 26%
Respond to voicemail 40% 20%
Email Trends and Online Connectivity
oNinety-one percent of U.S. respondents typically check work email while on
oOf those who check work email on vacation, 37 percent say it is an
everyday habit and do not consider it to be "work" while on vacation.
oForty percent check work email several times per day, while five percent
admit to taking a peek every hour or more.
oThirty-nine percent of respondents say the rise in Internet connectivity
and mobile devices has created an expectation from employers that they
should always be available to work. A further 32 percent say it has meant
that they feel a need to check in while out of the office.
Vacation Time Allotted Versus What's Considered Fair
Country Paid Vacation Paid Vacation Days Difference
Days Allotted Considered Fair
Americans 18 22 4
Japanese 19 28 9
Australians 22 24 2
Brazilians 24 33 9
British 24 28 4
Spanish 24 32 8
Germans 26 30 4
Italians 27 31 4
Russians 29 33 4
French 31 31 0
Average 24 29 5
How U.S. Vacation Time Stacks Up Against the Rest of the World
oU.S. respondents receive less paid vacation time than any of the countries
surveyed – 18 days in the U.S., compared to the average of 24.
oThe majority of U.S. respondents (76%) do not feel the amount of paid
vacation time given in the U.S. is fair compared to what the rest of the
oU.S. respondents on average would like an additionalfour days of
vacation, considering 22 days of paid vacation to be fair and reasonable.
However, this is the lowest expectation of the countries surveyed –
Brazilians and Russians want the most at 33 days per year.
Satisfied with Amount of Feel Their Vacation Time is Fair
Vacation Time Allotted Compared to Rest of World
1. Germans – 83% 1. Germans – 89%
2. French – 79% 2. Australians – 87%
3. Italians – 76% 3. French – 84%
4. British – 72% 4. Russians – 81%
5. Australians – 72% 5. Japanese – 80%
6. Spanish – 71% 6. Brazilians – 76%
7. Japanese – 69% 7. Italians – 74%
8. Americans – 60% 8. Spanish – 69%
9. Russians – 58% 9. British – 67%
10. Brazilians – 57% 10. Americans – 24%
Putting a Dollar Value on Vacation Days
Twenty-one percent of U.S. respondents would take a pay reduction in order to
gain more time off. For each extra day, the average amount they'd be willing
to have their pay decreased is $350.
Give Me a Break
oSixty-six percent of U.S. respondents say their vacations leave them
feeling refreshed and recharged, and 39 percent say they are better able
to handle work stresses after taking a vacation. These benefits typically
last 1-2 weeks (27%).
oTo ease the transition back to work, 53 percent return from trips a day or
two early to rest and unpack.
"The TripAdvisor survey shows that Americans receive less vacation time than
other countries, and when they do take time off it is often more like a
'workation' than a vacation," said Brooke Ferencsik, director of
communications for TripAdvisor. "In today's highly connected world, most
Americans feel the need to stay plugged in even while out of the office."
^1The survey includes respondents who report their current employment status
as full-time, part-time or self-employed.
TripAdvisor^® is the world's largest travel site*, enabling travelers to plan
and have the perfect trip. TripAdvisor offers trusted advice from real
travelers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features with
seamless links to booking tools. TripAdvisor branded sites make up the largest
travel community in the world, reaching nearly 280 million unique monthly
visitors**, and more than 170 million reviews and opinions covering more than
4 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions. The sites operate in 44
countries worldwide, including China under daodao.com. TripAdvisor also
includes TripAdvisor for Business, a dedicated division that provides the
tourism industry access to millions of monthly TripAdvisor visitors.
TripAdvisor, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRIP) manages and operates websites under 24 other
travel media brands: www.airfarewatchdog.com, www.bookingbuddy.com,
www.cruisecritic.com, www.everytrail.com, www.familyvacationcritic.com,
www.flipkey.com, www.gateguru.com, www.holidaylettings.co.uk,
www.holidaywatchdog.com, www.independenttraveler.com, www.jetsetter.com,
www.lafourchette.com, www.niumba.com,www.onetime.com, www.oyster.com,
www.seatguru.com, www.smartertravel.com, www.tingo.com,www.travelpod.com,
www.tripbod.com, www.vacationhomerentals.com, www.viator.com,
www.virtualtourist.com, and www.kuxun.cn.
*Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Sites, worldwide, Q1 2014
**Source: Google Analytics, average monthly unique users, Q2 2014; does not
include traffic to daodao.com
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