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One-Third of Americans Haven’t Vacationed In Over Two Years

first_imgThe Average Employee Takes Only 41 Percent of Their Vacation Days, With Finances Preventing Many from Traveling Richmond, VA, June 26, 2019 – Over a third (36 percent) of Americans took their last vacation more than two years ago, and over half (51 percent) have not vacationed in more than a year, according to the 11th annual Vacation Confidence Index* released by Allianz Global Assistance. A vacation is defined as a leisure trip of at least a week to a destination that is 100 miles or more from home. When asked if they were confident they would take a summer vacation this year, only 42 percent responded positively, the lowest confidence rating since 2013. Despite the prevailing thought that work prevents many Americans from using all their vacation time, financial concerns far outweighed professional obligations for those who were not confident. Nearly half (44 percent) said they do not have the money to spend on a vacation, while 19 percent do not want to spend the money on a vacation. This compares to the 14 percent who said they are not confident they will take a summer vacation because they cannot take time off work. Those aged 18 – 34 (25 percent) and men (20 percent) are most likely to say they cannot take the time off work. Interestingly, 12 percent of Americans not confident they will take a summer vacation report that they do not want to take the time off work. Other reasons include: they are unable or uninterested in taking the time away due to a personal obligation outside of work (20 percent), or they find planning a vacation too stressful and time-consuming (10 percent). For the first time in the survey’s history, the Vacation Confidence Index also explored the relationship between a boss and employee’s vacation habits. On average, working Americans take less than half (41 percent) of their entitled vacation days, two in ten do not take any, while over one-third take less than a quarter of their allotted time off. A sizable 52 percent of Americans say they take about the same proportion of vacation time as their bosses do, which suggests supervisors may be leading by example. Employees report that their bosses take 51 percent of their entitled vacation time. Americans’ Time Since Last Week-Long VacationYearMore Than Two Years AgoMore Than A Year AgoFour to 12 Months AgoPast Three Months201936%15%27%21%201838%13%29%18%201737%17%31%14%201637%16%30%15%201540%16%25%16%201439%12%28%19%201344%16%25%14%201235%15%28%21%201136%15%29%19%201039%17%23%19%200933%14%24%27% “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.” This year’s Vacation Confidence Index did note that just two in ten (19 percent) Americans who said an annual vacation is important are not confident that they’ll take one. This means the Vacation Deficit, or those who think a vacation is important but are not confident they’ll be able to take one, has decreased two percentage points from last year. One possible explanation for this is the rise in ‘micro-cations,’ or shorter trips fewer than five nights, which may replace the need for an annual seven-day vacation and make travel more accessible, especially among Millennials.Two in ten Americans (21 percent) took their last vacation in the last three months, which is up three points from last year and seven points from 2017. The importance of taking an annual vacation has also edged upwards slightly to 60 percent (up two points from 2018), but still ranks lower than three years ago (65 percent) and 2009’s historic high (67 percent). The Vacation Confidence Index has been conducted each summer since 2009 by national polling firm Ipsos Public Affairs on behalf of Allianz Global Assistance USA. Allianz Global Assistance offers travel insurance** through most major U.S. airlines, leading travel agents, online travel agencies, other travel suppliers and directly to consumers. For more information on Allianz Global Assistance and the policies offered for travelers, please visit: http://www.allianztravelinsurance.com. ### Allianz Global Assistance USA Allianz Global Assistance USA is a leading consumer specialty insurance and assistance company with operation centers in 35 countries. In the United States, Allianz Global Assistance USA (AGA Service Company) serves 40 million customers annually and is best known for its Allianz Travel Insurance plans. In addition to travel insurance, Allianz Global Assistance USA offers tuition insurance, event ticket protection, registration protection for endurance events and unique travel assistance services such as international medical assistance and concierge services. The company also serves as an outsource provider for in-bound call center services and claims administration for property and casualty insurers and credit card companies.last_img read more

Edmunds Best allinone vehicles for summer camping

The vehicle you drive every day can be a platform for the exploration of the nation’s campsites if you consider factors such as space, appropriate on- and off-road capability, and general comfort. Some auto manufacturers now also offer specific features that make their vehicles particularly camping-friendly.Edmunds has picked five of its favourite models based on the above qualities and listed a recommended trim level for each, along with its listed manufacturer suggested retail pricing (MSRP), including destination fees. Make sure to research discounts or current incentives that might be available in your area.TWO-ROW CROSSOVER SUV: 2019 SUBARU FORESTERSubaru owners have been installing rooftop tents for years, and now Subaru has finally given them an official weight rating to go by. The current Forester has an in-motion maximum weight of 176 pounds on the roof rack and a static rating (when you’re parked) of 700 pounds. This information will help in your search for the right rooftop tent and bolster your confidence on the road while it’s up there. Plus, the Forester has plenty of interior space for other campers and camping gear and standard all-wheel drive to help get you off the beaten path.Forester Sport starting MSRP: $29,770THREE-ROW CROSSOVER SUV: 2020 KIA TELLURIDEThe new Telluride is one of Edmunds’ favourite three-row crossover SUVs. It’s got a rugged exterior look to go along with its available all-wheel-drive system. And if you opt for the top-level SX, you can get it with a towing package and a 110-volt power inverter, which is great for charging devices at the campsite. What’s more, it’s one of the most comfortable vehicles in its class. So getting to the campsite will be a breeze no matter how far away it is.Telluride SX AWD starting MSRP: $45,535MIDSIZE PICKUP: 2019 HONDA RIDGELINEThe Honda Ridgeline has some neat tricks that make it an ideal campsite companion. For instance, the cargo bed has a lockable underfloor trunk that can be used for storing gear or even ice and drinks ? and a drain plug lets you to get rid of the water when you’re done. There’s even a dealer-accessory tent that Honda will sell you. It’s perfectly sized for the bed and allows for a full-size mattress and off-the-ground sleeping. The Ridgeline is also roomy and comfortable, which helps during those long trips to the campsite.Ridgeline RTL-T AWD starting MSRP: $39,945MINIVAN: 2019 TOYOTA SIENNADon’t want to sleep outside in a tent? The Sienna, like other minivans, offers enough interior space for lie-down sleeping as long as you fold down the rear seats and remove the second-row seats. On top of that, the Sienna is the only minivan that offers all-wheel drive, which can help provide extra traction in poor weather or road conditions. If you’re looking for a versatile mix of passenger capacity, storage space, protection from the elements, and respectable fuel economy and power, take a closer look at the Sienna.Sienna SE AWD starting MSRP: $40,165FULL-SIZE VAN: 2019 MERCEDES-BENZ SPRINTERThe Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is one of the most customizable vehicles on the road. It’s available with multiple lengths, seating configurations and engines. The Sprinter can also be optioned with a roof so tall that someone who’s 6-foot-4 can stand up inside. Few vehicles on the road offer as much usable interior space as the Sprinter. Then there’s an endless list of available aftermarket options that allow you to customize it for your outdoor needs. This Mercedes is also available with four-wheel drive.Sprinter 2500 Diesel Cargo 4WD (170-inch wheelbase, high roof) starting MSRP: $53,985EDMUNDS SAYS: Whether you’re setting up shop in a parking lot with a nice view or travelling off the beaten path for a few weeks, there are lots of vehicles to choose from. Figure out the size and capability you need first, and once you do, go see the best North America has to offer.___This story was provided to The Associated Press by the automotive website Edmunds. Travis Langness is a reviews editor at Edmunds. Twitter: @travislangness.Related links:— Edmunds Review: https://www.edmunds.com/subaru/forester— Edmunds Review: https://www.edmunds.com/honda/ridgeline— Edmunds Review: https://www.edmunds.com/mercedes-benz/sprinter— Edmunds Review: https://www.edmunds.com/toyota/sienna— Edmunds Review: https://www.edmunds.com/kia/telluride/Travis Langness, The Associated Press read more