Take Back Your Vacation?


Did you know that America is known globally as the “No Vacation Nation?” Heck, I know we’re busy, but do we really work longer hours and take less time off to play than the rest of the world?

According to a May 2012 Orbitz Press Release, it’s true, which is why the company came up with their new “Take Your Vacation Back” ad campaign. My favorite commercial of the summer just happens to be from Orbitz. I especially like the part about the sarong and always having a vacation in the planning.

When my husband and I first married, we couldn’t afford to fly somewhere for a seven-day vacation–financially or timewise. In fact, we couldn’t take a honeymoon so we drove to the Poconos on a three-day weekend the following winter. It wasn’t extravagant, but we were together and have fond memories of our trip. As soon as we were settled in our jobs and the children were no longer babies, we began our life of exploration outside our home.

From what my American readers have shared, they like to travel and explore as much as the next country–whether they enjoy a day trip with the kids, trek cross-country, or explore lands faraway. Some cite work and other obligations (such as putting children through college) as reasons they don’t currently travel, but they look forward to future vacations. Others really hate to fly, which limits their options. If that’s you, maybe the creation of a flying playlist could help you cope with the annoyances that accompany this mode of travel. It works for the Nomad Grad, a travel blogger and self-proclaimed professional adventurer. Check out her twice Freshly Pressed article, “Tuning Up: The Airplane Travel Playlist” for suggestions.

I have noticed, over the past decade, the ratio of foreign travelers has increased exponentially compared to domestic tourists at the American resorts we frequent. That’s hardly a scientific survey, but it does make me wonder:

Do Americans enjoy themselves through travel as much as other nationalities? Is this a consequence of our changing global economy? Is it merely a marketing ploy? Or is it something else altogether? What do you think? 

NOTE:  This article is not an endorsement of Orbitz. I haven’t used their services and therefore I’m unable to comment as a consumer.

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7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Hilary Billings
    Jul 16, 2012 @ 20:04:01

    Thanks so much for the referral! Hope you are having wonderful adventures!

  2. Tuere Morton
    Jul 17, 2012 @ 05:39:11

    Hmm, I’m not sure if nationalities necessarily “enjoy” vacays more than Americans but I believe they certainly have more of them ;) Oddly, I’ve always wanted to check the Poconos out with one of those wine glass bath tubs from the old commercials :P

  3. Lynne Silver (@lynnesilver)
    Jul 17, 2012 @ 11:36:58

    I think Americans get less vacation time and often choose not to take. And if we do take it, do we stay connected to the job even while traveling?

    • Jolyse Barnett
      Jul 17, 2012 @ 12:49:24

      Good point about Americans’ inability to completely disconnect from work obligations while on vacation, Lynne. I was surprised to see many people focused on their technology at the pool and in the parks during our recent family vacation in Orlando. My sister even had to interrupt her tour of EPCOT (reluctantly, I might add) for a work-related conference call.

      Maybe the nickname, “No Vacation Nation,” rings true for many of us.

  4. Donna Coe-Velleman
    Jul 20, 2012 @ 10:29:09

    From what I understand Americans as a whole do receive less vacation time than other industrialized countries. It seems, with the advancement of technology, companies feel they can infringe on a person’s personal time and that person allows it for fear of losing their job or of not being considered a “team” player. That’s a shame and shouldn’t be.

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