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Infographic: The Incredible Shrinking American Vacation

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American workers are extremely generous, especially when it comes to how they treat their employers. While the average worker receives 17 days of paid vacation each year, they only take 13 days. In other words, they’re gifting four days back to their employer, and probably don’t even receive a thank-you note for their efforts. There are a number of reasons why workers don’t claim all of their due vacation days, from shame to guilt, nerves, and straight-up fear. And no, despite what we said, generosity doesn’t make the list.

Dig deeper into the data and you’ll also discover that income is tied to time taken off. It makes sense, travel costs money, right? If you don’t have the disposable income to escape your ZIP code, perhaps you skip yet another staycation. Our takeaway: if the average vacation is getting shorter, and those with more modest incomes are taking even fewer days off, then the budget conscious traveler needs to pull out all the stop to ensure their trips don’t go amiss.  And that’s where travel insurance comes in.

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Nov 27, 2017