We all have those friends who never fail to make the most of their Summer Fridays—very much at the expense of their social followers without the warm weather perk. But before you spiral into a hole of full-workday gloom, Priceline has some news for you. The online and mobile travel brand conducted a survey of 15,723 Americans to see just how much extra time they get off of work during the summer months. The answer: a mere eight percent receive additional time off, reflected in Summer Fridays, extra days for discretionary use, or office-wide early closures. Here are a few more things we learned about ourselves throughout the rest of the findings:
Of Those Who Do Have Extra Time Off, 11% Are Still Expected to Work
It’s not all bad, though: Of the 558 employees who do receive extra time to enjoy the weather, 38 percent said that they’re boss doesn’t want or expect them to work while on vacation.
One in 10 People Use Extra Vacation Time to Catch Up on Work
Going even further, approximately one in three (35%) reported higher stress levels after losing three or more summer vacation days.
Travel is America’s Favorite Summer Pastime
According to the survey, 40 percent of those lucky people with extra vacation days use their days to travel. Thirty-four percent said the longest road trip they would take is five-seven hours away. One quarter sided with a travel time no more than two-four hours away.
One in 10 People Prefer Spur-of-the-Moment Trips
On the flipside, 46 percent of survey takers plan their trips a month or more in advance. All in all, 45 percent of trip takers using their extra days to travel plan their vacations while on the clock.
Erika Owen is the Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen.
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