Do Americans have a vacation problem?
Most of the world would say an emphatic “yes!”
When my family lived in the United Kingdom for seven years in the 1990s, our English friends just shook their heads when we described any upcoming “holiday” plans. (Side note: Brits typically use the term “holiday” in the same way that Americans use “vacation.” Also, they say “bank holiday” when we typically say “holiday,” such as Christmas and New Year’s Day.)
“You need to take a fortnight off to really relax,” our friends would say. “One week is just not enough time to relax, get away and decompress.”
Indeed, most of France seems to be at the beach (or at another holiday location) for the entire month of August, and the majority of my European friends made two weeks of family holiday time a priority.
Vacation By the Numbers
Nevertheless, many American readers would be happy with just one week away from the office grind.
Back in 2013, CNBC published this article titled: No Paid Vacation? You Must Be an American:
“The report examined vacation policies in 21 developed countries, including the United States. The researchers found that every country except the U.S. had laws making employers offer between 10 and 30 paid vacation days a year.
France’s laws granted employees the most paid vacation—30 days a year. But several countries actually guarantee workers more total paid time off when mandated paid holidays are added.”
Another article in 20somethingfinance.com more recently reported that the U.S. is the Most Overworked Developed Nation in the World:
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