Americans Wasted 768 Million Vacation Days Last Year
The U.S. Travel Association, Oxford Economics and Ipsos published the data which showed that out of the 768 million unused days, 236 million were completely forfeited with $65.5 billion lost. 55 percent of American workers failed to avail of all their vacation last year. On average, people took 17.4 days off which marks a slight improvement on 2017. That's still far less than the period between 1978 and 2000 when 20.3 vacation days were used up on average.
Americans used just over half of their paid time off work for travelling - 9 out of 17.4 days. The analysis states that if they used more of that time for trips, the travel industry would see an extra $151.5 billion in spending with 2 million jobs created. Rather than a culture of overworking, the rise in unused vacation can be attributed to the steady expansion of the U.S. workforce. That has resulted in the number of earned days off increasing quicker than workers can use them.
This chart shows the total number of unused vacation days & number permanently forfeited in the U.S.