Most Americans Don’t Take a Break During the Holidays

Americans work more, take fewer vacations, work longer days and retire later than most industrialized nations. According to a new survey from, more than 1 in 4 or 27% of Americans didn’t take a day off during the 2019 holidays.

The result from this survey is almost the same as the poll Small Business Trends carried out in December 2019. We asked our readers, “What best describes your holiday vacation plans?” and to date, 25% of them responded, “Who has time for vacations.”

For small business owners, the holiday season is the most profitable time for their company. So, taking a vacation during this time of year may not be practical. As the survey points out, the perfect holiday vacation time differs for everyone.

The one thing people can agree on is vacations are important. Whether you take a couple of days off or more, the benefits of relaxing, rebooting and clearing your mind do wonders for productivity and creativity, not to mention your well-being.

The Survey

The survey for this report was carried out online with three separate audiences made up of 1,001 adults in the U.S. in December 2019. Using the Google Surveys platform, the responses take into consideration gender, age, and region. This is to match the estimate of the U.S. Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey regarding the demographics of the national internet population.

Holiday Vacation Statistics

The first holiday vacation statistics in the survey looks at how many days the respondents took off from work during the holiday season.

Besides the 27.3% that didn’t take any time off, 16.7% said only 1 – 2 days, followed by 9.7% with 3 – 4 days. Another 10% took 5 – 7 days off and a mere 5.9% managed to get anywhere between 8 – 14 days. As to those lucky enough to get more than 15 days, the number goes down all the way to 1.9%.


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