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Vacation Time

Why You Don't Want to Move to Pensacola

Peter G. Miller | Posted 02.12.2015 | Travel
Peter G. Miller

Pensacola has seasons, so it's not like south Florida where in mid-winter you can broil trout on the sidewalk. In Pensacola the typical January temperatures range from 42 to 60 degrees, hardly enough to freeze water, streets or humans.

Why Americans Work Longer Hours Than Those Overseas

Sara Rix | Posted 02.03.2015 | Fifty
Sara Rix

There are many reasons why workers don't spend much time away from the office, despite the positive impact that getting away can have on health, stress and performance.

Non-Voyage: 5 Reasons to Let Your Vacation Expire Unused This Year

Laura Berger | Posted 01.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Laura Berger

The United States is the only modern industrialized country that doesn't require employers give minimum annual time off with pay. That makes the vacation days you get a true gift -- one that is precious and essential to your performance in life, both professional and personal.

Americans Are Taking Fewer Vacation Days Than At Any Point In Nearly 4 Decades

Reuters | Posted 12.22.2014 | Business

"Employees are essentially working for their employers for free."

This Company Gives New Hires A Paid Vacation Before Their First Day

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 10.20.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

About 40 percent of American workers plan to let their paid vacation days go to waste this year, thanks to fears about what will happen if they get aw...

Cute Kids (And Credit Card Companies) Are Begging You To Take All Your Vacation Days

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 10.01.2014 | Travel

Kids say the darndest things -- and sometimes, also the smartest things. After hearing that more than 400 million vacation days go unused in America e...

Can Small Businesses Afford to Ditch Holiday Policies Like Virgin?

Deborah Sweeney | Posted 11.26.2014 | Small Business
Deborah Sweeney

Small businesses tend to have smaller, and, depending on the age of the business, newer staffs. Implementing a no-limits-vacation policy could disrupt the slightly more fragile small business structure.

Why We Should All Vacation At The Exact Same Time

The Week | Elissa Strauss | | Posted 08.27.2014 | World

It may be summertime, but the living isn't exactly easy. Vacations are increasingly being squeezed by our inability to disconnect and the pile of w...

40 Percent of American Workers Will Leave Paid Vacation Days Unused

Arianna Huffington | Posted 10.19.2014 | Travel
Arianna Huffington

An important new study released this morning by Travel Effect found that 40 percent of American workers will leave paid vacation days unused. The four reasons cited the most are the dread of returning from a vacation to piles of work (40 percent), the belief that no one will be able to step in and do their job for them while they're gone (35 percent), not being able to afford it (33 percent) and the fear of being seen as replaceable (22 percent). "Americans suffer from a work martyr complex," said Roger Dow, President and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association. "In part, it's because 'busyness' is something we wear as a badge of honor." Clearly, we need to work harder about working smarter -- by not working all the time. The "work martyr" complex needs to go the way of the Dictaphone, typewriter and green eyeshades as relics of the workplace of the past (okay, I like typewriters, but you get the idea).

How to Escape Weight Gain During Summer Vacation

Jeff Hyman | Posted 09.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeff Hyman

It's easy to unravel good habits on vacation, but staying on track is a lot easier than trying to get back on track post-vacation. This summer, when you plan your disappearing act, make sure to plan ahead and avoid common food traps.

Scheduling Fireworks: Five Ways to Prepare for Summer Vacation Season

Joyce Maroney | Posted 09.22.2014 | Small Business
Joyce Maroney

Finding the right formula for managing employee time off during the warmer months -- especially in northern cities -- is like a favorite summertime cocktail: one part planned vacation, one part ad hoc request, with a dash of playing hooky.

The Case for Guaranteed Minimum Vacation for US Workers

Johan Svanstrom | Posted 09.17.2014 | Travel
Johan Svanstrom

It's time that the U.S. catch up with Canada, Germany and Japan and every other advanced nation in the world, and it's time to bring vacation equality to those 28 million working Americans. Paid vacation for workers in the 21st Century workplace is a policy whose time has come.

The 5 Don'ts for Taking Time Off From Your Business

Deborah Sweeney | Posted 09.07.2014 | Business
Deborah Sweeney

That kind of laundry list mentality is depressing when you think about it, especially since taking a vacation shouldn't have to be something that stresses you out.

Carolyn Gregoire

These Countries Are So Much Better Than America When It Comes To Work-Life Balance

HuffingtonPost.com | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 04.11.2014 | Healthy Living

It's official, France wins. The European country has inspired the envy of the rest of the working world by enacting a new labour deal that encourages ...

It's Sad How Few Vacation Days We're Really Taking

Posted 04.04.2014 | Healthy Living

If you're anything like the average American worker, chances are you won't use up all your vacation days this year, according to a new survey. In f...

Do Vacations Make Us Happier? The Answer: It Depends.

Shawn Achor | Posted 05.26.2014 | Travel
Shawn Achor

Traveling the world can be an amazing - and even better - a happy experience. You just have to do it the right way. Create a positive vacation so you can return recharged, less stressed, and happier.

WATCH: Imagine A Company With No Vacation Policy

Posted 03.19.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

It might seem unorthodox, but by having no vacation policy -- and allowing infinite vacation days for your employee, so to speak -- you'll actually se...

The First State To Legalize Vacations?

Joe Robinson | Posted 03.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Joe Robinson

Though modest in scope, the legislation would give vacations in Washington something the rest of our holidays don't have: legitimacy. It would, in effect, legalize vacations in Washington and eliminate the illicit feeling that comes from their current non-statutorily-protected state.

This Workplace Perk Might Be Too Good To Be True

Posted 11.01.2013 | Travel

American workplaces aren't always the best when it comes to encouraging their employees to take time off -- and American workers, in turn, aren't so g...

The Vacation Habits Of 9 Highly Effective People

Posted 10.08.2013 | Healthy Living

Americans are good at many things, but relaxing generally isn't one of them. Many of us use only a fraction of our earned time off -- U.S. workers wer...

STUDY: Vacations Make Us Want To Quit Our Jobs

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 09.12.2013 | Travel

A new study confirms what we've long suspected: Vacations are great for mental health and bad for jobs you hate. The survey, conducted by Monster.c...

The Defeat of DOMA Can Help Us Rethink Other Family Policies Too

Kimberly Dark | Posted 10.13.2013 | Politics
Kimberly Dark

If we broaden our discussions about how American family policies support children, we will find ourselves in dialogue about family leave, sick leave and vacation time. We'll examine the adequacy of minimum wage. We'll have realistic discussions about public welfare programs.

Are More Americans Working Through Their Vacation Time?

Posted 07.18.2013 | Travel

More Americans than ever are stressed about their jobs, and unfortunately, fewer and fewer are taking time off. U.S. workers are increasingly forg...

Countries With The Most Vacation Days

24/7 Wall St. | Alexander E. M. Hess | Posted 06.10.2013 | Business

From 24/7 Wall St.: The United States is the only developed country in the world without a single legally required paid vacation day or holiday. By la...

At Some Employers, Workers Can Buy More Vacation Time

AP | SAM HANANEL | Posted 08.09.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON — Want more time off work to hang out at the beach? Need a little cash and have vacation days to spare? Some companies allow their w...