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August 29, 2008

HR Fact Friday: Vacation Deprived Americans Take Least Days Off

Filed under: Work/Life Balance1:31 pm

In honor of Labor Day . . .  It’s official (again): Working adults in the U.S. are more vacation-deprived than their counterparts in Canada and seven major European countries, according to’s 2008 Vacation Deprivation survey.

Based upon the results of its eighth annual international survey, which analyzes vacation habits of working adults employed in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands and Austria, Expedia calculates that some 47.5 million Americans are vacation-deprived, and over the life of the survey, the U.S. has the distinction of having the worst vacation habits.

The survey found that working adults in the U.S. rank last for the average number of vacation days earned (14). Working adults in France averaged 37 earned vacation days compared to 33 days earned by Italian working adults, 31 days in Spain, 28 days in the Netherlands and Austria, 27 days in Germany, 26 days in Great Britain and 17 days in Canada.