Vacations Matter - to Individuals and the Economy

Our nation is facing some serious challenges, so we need to hunker down and work hard, and put aside such frivolous topics as vacations...right?

It may not seem so at first, but vacations have a lot to do with the health of our economy, along with the well-being of the individual workers who drive it.  Filmmaker John de Graaf has thrown his energy and that of the nonprofit, Take Back Your Time, into lobbying for the Paid Vacation Act of 2009. He makes a compelling argument for why leisure is serious business, or should be if our country wants to get well and work well.

Some facts from

  • Last year only 57% of American workers took a vacation of a week or longer.

  • The U.S. is the only industrialized nation without a minimum annual leave statute.

  • 25% of Americans receive no paid vacation leave. Only 69% of lower-wage workers get any paid vacation leave.

  • 7% of American women earning less than $40,000 a year receive no paid annual leave.

  • Stress and burnout at work cost the US economy over $300 billion a year.

Send a letter to Congress in support of paid vacation legislation, or attend the National Vacation Matters Summit in Seattle, August 10-12. Rooms must be reserved by July 20.

Many American families are struggling to find the means to make a change of scenery this year. We received the video below from a New Dreamer, who dreams of a getaway where he can make memories with his loved ones.  Jesus and his family are part of the 99% of the US hurt by the economy, so this is very personal for them.  He created this video as part of a contest to win a free vacation and if you are so moved you can vote for his video at:

Tags: Family, Fun, Quality of life, Time, Vacation, Work

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