More than a third of Americans haven't taken a vacation in two years
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How long has it been since your last vacation?

This year’s Vacation Confidence Index (VCI), the annual survey of American travel habits conducted by Allianz Global Assistance, found that for more than half (51%) of Americans, their last vacation was more than a year ago. For more than a third (36%), the last vacation was more than two years ago.

Compared to those in previous years, 2019’s respondents have traveled about in line with historical trends, though on shorter trips than in years past. Here’s how the data compares to that from the past eleven years:

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“Americans are still consistently underutilizing their paid time off, with the average working American taking fewer than half their vacation days and a third of Americans reporting they haven’t vacationed in more than two years,” said Daniel Durazo, director of marketing and communications at Allianz Global Assistance USA. “Whether finances, work or another reason are keeping you from booking that summer trip, the positive health benefits of taking vacation have been widely-documented. From a weeklong getaway to a micro-cation, it’s always important to protect that financial investment with travel insurance.”

Disclaimer: Johnny Jet works as an ambassador for Allianz Global Assistance (AGA Service Company) and receives financial compensation.

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2 Comments On "More Than a Third of Americans Haven't Taken a Vacation in Two Years"
  1. Leslie|

    I wonder, though, how the respondents to the survey would define “vacation,” though. If they’re discounting taking a long weekend off to spend at home with family (aka a “staycation”), or travel back home for a week around another holiday, then this data may have a significant skew. Some people only really think “vacation” when they’re on a beach somewhere or have had to take a flight to a destination of choice.

  2. Amy Darrow|

    Although you list a stat of it being more than two years for lots of people not taking vacations, you must be willing to take into consideration many variables. As you see articles posted about the poverty levels in so many states, even with people working for companies that offer days off doesn’t mean people can afford to take a vacation. It’s been 8 years since I was last able to afford to take a vacation. Because I’ve grown up in poverty, and I unfortunately have continued to live in poverty I’ve only seen less than 10 states in my whole life at the age of 42, and I’ve never so much have been able to afford to fly on an airplane. I’ve not lived a life of drugs and alcohol, but a life lived growing up in poverty and due to jobs I’ve never been able to afford a vacation. Before you post stats of why people haven’t taken vacations, I believe there should be additional reasons as to why they haven’t been able to do so.

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