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What’s the Most Popular Vacation Destination for Americans? Their Cubicle.

If you’re a travel agent, there’s a good chance that you have clients who are workaholics. If you don’t have workaholic clients, you might be missing an untapped demographic among your clientele. All you need to do? Convince them to take a vacation. 

Easy right? After all, who doesn’t want to go on a trip? But it turns out it could be harder to get those busy bees to take a little R&R. Project: Time Off issued a report, State of the American Vacation 2018, which found that 52% of Americans reported having unused vacation days.

What happens when you lump all those days together? What the report has to say might make your travel agent head explode: These wasted days accumulate to a total of more than 700-capital-M-Million vacation days went unused.[1. Source: State of American Vacation 2018]

That’s BONKERS. Here’s a little perspective on how much time this is: 700M days is 1,917,808 days—yup, almost 2M YEARS. The average life expectancy in the U.S. is 78.7 years. This means Americans wasted 24,368 LIFETIMES-worth of vacation days in 2017 alone

But it turns out that the U.S.’ work-driven culture encourages its employees to shy away from using all their vacation days. To add a little insult to injury, these tanked vacation days mean that workers are essentially making deposits into their company’s bank accounts. Do your clients want to donate money to your company? Probably not. Regardless, in 2017 full-time workers “effectively donated an individual average of $561 in work time to their employer in 2017.”

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