03/28/2008 02:44 am ET Updated Nov 17, 2011

The Incredible Shrinking Summer Vacation

The leisurely summer vacation -- long considered a chance for employees to break away from work for at least a full week, if not two -- has fallen out of favor. Instead, many people are opting to break their vacation time into long weekends, say researchers who track vacation patterns. Some employees are even combining their vacations with two- to three-day business trips to avoid being away from work at all.

"There are no more 'off' switches in life," says Peter Rose, a partner at consumer-research company Yankelovich Inc., based in Chapel Hill, N.C. "We may sleep, but our in-boxes don't. It's made it tougher for people to walk away for long periods of time for anything."

A full 35% of employed U.S. adults aren't taking all the vacation days they get for the year, inching up from 33% last year, according to's annual Vacation Deprivation survey. Only 14% plan to take off a full two-week vacation this year, down from 16% last year.

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