Spring is here...finally! One of the snowiest winters in history on the Eastern seaboard is coming to end. It's time to start thinking about summer and vacation. My organization, Take Back Your Time, declared March 31 as "Vacation Commitment Day" to encourage every employer and employee throughout America to make sure they get the full benefits that vacations offer.
It's not by accident that the United States has been called the "no vacation nation". Vacations in the U.S. are among the shortest in the world, and a quarter of American workers get no paid vacation leave at all. Then, to add insult to injury, surveys find that 40 percent of us leave vacation days unused – three to seven days on average. Why do we do it?
Have We Forsaken The Great Outdoors? The forest service is actually closing campgrounds because no one is using them. The average visitor to Yosemite used to spend 48 hours there. Now it's 8. Our children spend only half as much unstructured time outdoors as they did a generation ago.